The following blog is taken from an earlier blog entitled, Is Writing a Service to God? I am still a writer and I write Christian themed novels. So examining the subject of writing is as natural as breathing. There may be small alterations, but basically it is the same.
Is writing fiction really serving God?
That’s a reasonable question since some people believe that it is not true service. I once was upbraided for writing novels based on the Bible because:
- People will mistake it for the truth
- Thereby getting wrong doctrine
There are a few things wrong with that view:
- The Bible is found in the Bible or Religion section of bookstores not fiction
- Novels are found in the Fiction section not in the Religion section
- My books state they are novels
- My novels are purposely based on Biblical fact and doctrine
- My novels flesh out the stories rather than disagree
In other words, no person who has read my books can seriously claim they teach false doctrine. If there is any doctrine in the book it always agrees with the Bible. In fact, I have been told my books “bring the Bible alive!”
Actually one of the reasons for writing Bible based novels is to encourage people to read the Bible; to discover what is Bible fact and what is a product of my imagination? It is always a thrill when someone reads my books and their faith is either renewed or they become more interested in reading the Bible.
And that is a service!
The true test of service, any kind of service, is as follows: Does it
- Agree with Biblical facts
- Honor God
- Inspire people to read the Bible
- Inspire people to worship God
- Inspire others to serve
- Inspire people to live godly lives
It needn’t do all the above but it should have at least one of the elements. Christian authors, whether fiction or non-fiction writers, have an awesome opportunity to influence people for Christ. You don’t have to be preachy. You don’t even have to write about Bible events or people. But our writings should reflect a Christian approach to or view of life.
My books generally take place before the birth of Christ yet I strive to present a Christian view. So while I don’t mention Jesus, I do mention the Redeemer. In addition, I emphasize the Scriptures (aka the Writings).
So if you’re a Christian author don’t be shy about being one. You have a job, perhaps a calling. Trust His leading and do things His way. And when people challenge you respond in pride, “I write because God gave me the talent and because He wants me to use it for Him.”
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.