Then it sort of blew up.
The comments I read were all on topic and graciously civil. I thank the readers of NAF for that. I mean, why attack each other when commenting to a post asking us all to just get along, live and let live, bloom where you’re planted, write the story God gives you, etc. ad infinitum?
I’m not mocking Kat. I promise. I loved her point, and it seems our readers did, too.
Her follow-up came Saturday with Christian Fishbowl. Another excellent post using, of all things, math to validate her argument that you may not find exactly what you want to find in a Christian bookstore. Only Kat could make math interesting. Well, maybe the Lioness could.
Kat’s first post stayed with me. I jotted some notes at work, of all places, and I’ll try to put them in some semblance of order here.
“Focus determines reality.” That’s what Qui Gon would have said to Anakin in The Phantom Menace if anyone dared to edit George Lucas. As writers, when writing, where is our focus?
If it’s on witnessing, should we aim our books at a secular market, ’cause that’s where the lost are found (I may get arguments on that. HA!)? Why preach to a choir? If you have a gritty story that demonstrates God’s love in a hard, “real-life” way non-Christians will understand, why are you worried about presenting it to, as Kat called them, the “fluff” crowd? They don’t want to read it.
If it’s on ministering to the “fluff” crowd, why worry about getting published in a secular market? Or being called “fluffy” by the outsiders? Hey, you’ve got the numbers on your side. Be a gracious winner.
Kat’s original point is she’s written on both sides of The Fence. Why shouldn’t she? If writing a harder story gets the unsaved interested in her writing, doesn’t that open a door for them to read her more overtly “Christian” stories? If her “fluffier” stuff (not that you’re fluffy, Kat) attracts fluffier readers, may they not benefit from seeing her reflected light in a darker setting?
I thought of Paul’s testimony in Galatians, chapters one and two, specifically. He tells how Jesus Himself gave him (Paul) the gospel to preach, and he went and preached it without confirmation from the authorities of the time, the Apostles. When the Apostles heard about it, they praised God (Gal 1:24).
I’m not saying all writing claiming to be Christian is. I’m not even saying all Christians will write stories approved by God (and if that doesn’t get some comments, nothing will). I am saying if God is in the writing, why are we seeking approval from man? Or the secular market, or the Christian market? Just write. God will take care of the rest.
One last point I feel compelled to make.
If you claim to be a Christian and you write, I encourage you to read, read, read… your Bible. Call me a legalist, but the Bible is the revealed word of God. Reading it, studying it, memorizing it, meditating on it is the best possible way to know it and share it with your audience, whoever that happens to be.
We’ll all stand before God one day. He’s the only Judge of our writing that counts. Write for Him and you may be surprised by the explosion of blessing.