How to Reach the One
I like where this conversation is headed because it’s something I struggle with. It seems there are differing thoughts and opinions on whether one is a Christian author or an author who happens to be a Christian, and on whether a “Christian author who happens to be a Christian” has an obligation to use the opportunity they’ve been given to share God’s message with the readers.
I’m not out to judge anyone, I believe their convictions are between them and God but as for me I see it this way. I’ve been given a gift and a great opportunity to use that gift. There are A LOT of writers out there and the chances of any of them getting published are slim, slim, slim, so I’m fully aware of the gift I’ve been given. I don’t want to stand before God and have Him ask me, “What did you do with the gift I gave you?” and say, “Well, I wrote a really neat story that a lot of people liked.” This writing thing, each story I craft, is my one shot to say what God has put on my heart. I don’t want to blow it. I want to use it to reach people with God’s message of hope and love and redemption and salvation. I see this writing gig as a very high calling, and I want to make the most of it.
Now, that being said . . . there’s a lot of that being said out there. And a lot of Christians being reached through Christian fiction. But what about the lost? Here’s my question: How does a Christian writer reach a secular readership with a message that isn’t watered down or camouflaged or hidden so deep no one even knows it’s there? How do we reach that one lost sheep with a message he/she can understand? Is it up to the writer? Or is it up to the Christian reader to pass the book along to his/her friends, family, co-workers?
I can honestly say I’ve had many fans of secular fiction read Scream and comment on how much they enjoyed it and the message in it . . . but it was given to them by a friend or acquaintence of some kind, whether me or someone else. Is that the key? That Christian readers have to be more proactive about using fiction as a tool to introduce others to Christ?
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, afterall, this is where the rubber meets the road, where the Great Commission is front and center.