Why I write the way, I do?
Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Several times over the years I’ve been asked why I write the way I do. Why as Christians do we write about the dark side of life? Why speak about evil? The simple answer is because it exists. God asks us to be the light of the world directing those in darkness to him. If I only write of peace, joy, happiness, love, and not the consequences of sin, do not warn of evil. Have I preformed my job?
We as Christian writers must weave a story where we illustrate the depths of sin and the glory of God. In my novels, I endeavor to show not just the wickedness of the villain, but also The Lord’s redemptive power. There is a reason why the villain becomes evil and chooses the bad over the good. No child comes out of the womb seeking evil. A baby is a clean slate. We as adults have the responsibility of teaching children right from wrong. Showing them with our behavior, how to live a happy and productive life.
Through the centuries, literature is rampant with violent books. For example, think of Ben-Hur written by Lew Wallace or The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. At one time, The Red Badge of Courage was banned. One of the reasons being it was too violent.
Yet today both books today are considered classics.
The Bible in its self speaks of the sin. David sees Bathsheba washing herself and commits adultery with her. Later he has her husband murdered. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul is holding the coats of those killing Steven. In stoning, a person’s body is broken and bloody. The greatest example of violence is the crucifixion of The Lord Jesus Christ. Whipping had ripped His back apart, nails were driven through His hands and feet. A crown of thrones pounded into the top of His head. Two thieves were suffering and dying on either side of Him. The stench of blood, body odor, and death was everywhere. Yet it is by the shedding of Christ's blood we are saved.
So we might ask ourselves as Christian authors how could we not write about sin. How could I, as a writer, ignore the evils of mankind? Yet with my words show the glory of a loving God. Sin is messy; sin is evil. However, God breaks through our wickedness to bring forth His redemption.