As Christian fiction authors, we have a job to do: to bring about the obedience of faith throughout the nations. The way we do that is to illustrate Christian principles in action through the stories we write. This is our calling and our worship.
As believers, we approach both personal and universal problems from a Christian perspective; so whenever we’re presenting human frailty and folly, we’re to have in mind a scriptural solution. This is what makes “Christian Fiction” Christian; it’s what makes our works different from everyone else’s.
Does this mean that our works must be chock-full of sunshine and daisies? Of course not. Granted, I’ve seen reviewers who ding authors for presenting anything other than Phillipians 4:8-worthy stories. These stories are necessary, too. The world doesn’t offer the kinds of things we’re to meditate on, so we must create them.
But those aren’t the only forms of Christian fiction we can present. We can, and many do, present life with all its dirty, gray, and sometimes downright black realities. Hard times come, sins and temptations abound, life is crazy and confusing. Because we study the craft, we are equipped to write about such things, and because we study the Bible, we are equipped to lead others out of the darkness into the light. And because we get tempted and fail and sin and repent and return to our “first love” over and over—because we live—we are uniquely qualified.
Faith authors aren’t to skirt the issues, but to present them boldly, then illustrate God’s way, His glory—His light in the darkness. Whatever the plot, whatever conflict and challenge the character faces, when we settle it all with scriptural precepts, we are offering alternatives to the world’s way of responding to the same set of circumstances. That’s our job.
Let’s be fearless in obedience to our calling.