It’s very important what we say and how we act. Our words, whether spoken or written, must reflect Jesus. This verse rang loud and clear in my heart this morning…“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14 KJV.
As a writer, I realize my written words are a reflection of my inner self. If one writes smut and sinful living with no confession of sin to Christ, he or she is not a Christian writer. Author may classify themselves as a Christian, faith-based novelist, but if their ‘so called’ Christian characters go against the principles of the Bible such as the 10 Commandments and the words of Jesus, they are not a Christian writer. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Since I write Christian fiction, my characters who are born again believers, must reflect Christ in all their words and deeds. We all know we live in a sinful world and some of my characters are not Christians in the beginning of the storylines, but I try to present the way God draws them to himself. They are true to life ordinary people who have been saved by God’s marvelous grace and power…yet, they are still human and live in a sinful world. We all know that we are surrounded by sin and debauchery every day of our lives; it has a definite effect on us. It’s evident that sin in this world affects Christians. In my stories, I deal with such things as sinful living, kidnapping, moonshining in the mountains of North Carolina, etc., but I show how the Christian characters deal with these subjects in a Christlike way.
We, as Christ followers, believe in the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection. It’s mandatory as a writer that my words point to Calvary and what Jesus can do in the life of a believer. If an author strays from the mandates in God’s word, they dare not call themselves a Christian writer. If we sin, we must confess our wrongdoings to God…and believing characters must do that as well. Since people around the world have access to my novels, my stories must portray the crucified,risen Christ. As my pastor would say, “Jesus is enough.”