After reading Agent Christina Suzann Nelson of The Steve Laube Agency recent blog, ”Does God need a Makeover?” (
) I realized that I needed to explore this question a little further.
As Christian fiction author I need to define what I’m writing. Although fiction is a work of the imagination realism brings it alive. My characters have to have believable flaws and problems to solve so the reader will care enough to continue reading. If I weave a strong God element into my story does He then become a character of that story? In a sense yes, because He is who He is and I dare not change that.
Now my dilemma becomes how much God power do I portray in this setting. Does God resolve all of my character’s issues with a nod of His head? Is that how God works? I don’t think so or at least not in my life. God challenges me to step higher to live more Christ like. Anyone who accepts Christ as their Savior changes and so too, must my characters change because they’ve encounter Him. But to depict Christianity as a warm, fuzzy, feel good life is not only wrong it’s an unbelievable lie even for a fictional story. To me this means that even after meeting Christ, my character’s will still have flaws, they will stumble, and they’ll struggle either with God, His will, and their own path. We all must live with the consequences of sin and poor choices. It’s all about growth and maturity in Him.
One more question, does God need to be softened so that our readers only see the loving side of God? Or do we boldly write Him as He is– full of life, love, power but also jealousy and fury when His commands are ignored or idols are worshiped? Do we dare to water down God so He’s socially acceptable? Or do we trust Him to make what is written in truth to be understandable to the reader? I don’t know about anyone else but the thought of diluting God scares me. Where would I be today if the writers of the bible chose only to include the parts of the bible or the descriptions of God that they thought would be acceptable? What if they decided not to chance offending me with the wages of sin or glorious the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ?
The God of Wonders is fully acceptable just as He is and I pray that when I write its the whole truth about Him.