Yesterday my buddy, my brother Tim Ward-yes, another Tim asked a question: Does your hero’s faith determine your market?
A great question for a writer of any genre. Some comments were made about and it seems that “Christian” books are marked with a big X on the spine to give away it’s Christianness. Christianess? I digress.
And literally as I type this I read: Disillusioned Disciple: No one could live with you if you appeared too perfect in your own sight. Not even I could live with you, child. My glory best reveals itself through rough-hewn humanity, which Scripture calls “vessels of clay”. Has it occurred to you that you just may qualify.–From Power To soar.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[a] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. II Corinthians 4:7
So what I’m saying here and sort of another response to Tim’s question is this: I want to show the world how my hero and her world is imperfect just like ours-in my writing. My whole I’m a Christian, not a “christian writer” thing? It’s very meaningful to me. I am out to prove to the world that I am not a judgmental gay-bashing hypocritical Christian-they way so many of us are seen. One of my missions in life is to be the opposite of all of those things. Because HE is the opposite of those things. Christ wants me-us-to be like Him. That is why we are given the gift to be called Christian. So many people grow up in a “Christian” home where they are fed the message of hate. They are led to believe-by parents, teachers, leaders-that Christ is this unforgiving master of servants who is ever serious and could care less about humanity. This is the extreme of it. The belief that He hates “f*****s. Oh, that saddens me so. But…I know it saddens Him in an unimaginable way.
Others are never showed the love of Christ. They never see it. The saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Now although this does contradict scripture-Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”–John 20:29-it is true. Now hear me on this. I say it’s true because many Christians are yet to understand the full scope of the Word. Once they save, Jesus forgive me, they are saved, but then comes growth. But without studying, without prayer and without the Spirit-growth is never achieved.
So they need to see us. They need to hear us and they need to read our words. We cannot simply say, “I love Jesus” and “I’m a Christian”. They’ve heard that already. For years. And years. People hate us. They mock us. They shun us. But a lot of time–it’s our own fault. I say our because I speak to Christiandome as a whole. If I come across as judgmental myself here, I assure you, I by no means am a judge.
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit,–Matthew 7:17, 18.
They need to see us laugh! Crank some tunes! They need to know that Jesus IS an awesome God. He laughs with us! Shouts in joy for us! And They need to see that He is REAL.
So I repeat, we show not tell. Show not tell. This message can be powerful even across the internet. Shall we?