Earlier this year, an agent made a few predictions about the writing industry in 2017 and triggered a great debate about the future of Christian fiction. In a Facebook group I’m a part of, Mary Weber, author of the Storm Siren series, hammered back at the questions with the truth that Christian fiction will continue as long as there are Christians who write. She eloquently stated that we use our writing as warfare. That we personally soak in God’s truth through our personal devotional times and then go out to share Jesus to different corners of the world through the stories we tell. Whether we write fantasy or romance, historical or dystopian, or even for the general market or for the Christian market…our words shine a light into the darkness.

A few days later, a writing group I’m part of discussed how hard it is to even write sometimes. That we get stuck and it seems like life is conspiring against us with distractions and discouragement…yet this is often because we are working on a story that will transform hearts with truth. Almost as if we face a spiritual battle to even bring the words to the page. And that by choosing to power through with prayer, we are actually using our writing as warfare to push back the lies of the enemy.

About a week after these discussions, our pastor shared a prayer from the Global Leadership Summit that the church staff prays daily…and it certainly applies to my work as an author using my writing as warfare.

“God, this is a new day. I freshly commit myself to the role You have invited me to play as You are building Your church in this world. I am awestruck again today that You include me in this grand life-giving, world-transforming endeavor. So today I joyfully offer You: my love, my heart, my talents, my energy, my creativity, my faithfulness, my resources, and my gratitude. I commit all of myself to the role You have assigned me in the building of Your church so that it may thrive in this world. And I will “bring it” today. I will bring my best. You deserve it. Your church deserves it. It is the Hope of the World.”

What is my small role in building God’s church? To demonstrate how God’s love changes everything. To show that true peace is possible in the middle of chaos. That broken hearts can be made whole. That everyone has a place in God’s family if they want it. That we Christians are still wondering, wandering, doubting, tripping, works-in-progress. That God is setting up a Kingdom on Earth and evil will ultimately be defeated.

When I tell the story of a bitter athletic trainer learning to forgive and look past the surface of a person’s skin, I’m offering a glimpse into God’s unfailing love. When an orphaned actress relies on faith to satisfy her parched soul before finding a family to call her own, readers catch a glimpse of that same joy to know that God dances over them. When a disillusioned photographer sees past religious rules to focus instead on the beauty of God’s love… When a desperate diva craving the spotlight finds the acceptance her heart yearns for and learns to sing a new song for an Audience of One… When a success-driven professional learns to serve… When a self-sufficient handyman accepts help… When a burned-out caregiver finds a fresh purpose in life… Or even when a bookworm lifts her eyes to see the real adventure around her…

Every story shines light. Every character discovers something new about God. Every reader soaks up a little more hope for the journey.

That’s why I will keep writing stories of faith, hope, and love. Because I have a lot to say and writing as warfare pushes back the darkness with the truth of God’s love.

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Writing As Warfare To Push Back the Darkness
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