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Does God still reign in Christian fiction today?

WaterBrook Multnomah Books
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Secular companies do own Christian companies, we are not that aware of it though, and because of this, material churned out by Christian publishers could be questionable. Instead of focusing on the publishers what does this say about the readers?

Christians try to read theologically sound books.

When 'The Shack' graced the publishing scene and into Christian homes, the story was well told, the characters, colorful- but was it theologically sound?

What makes the book's contents so confusing for most evangelical Christians is perhaps that God is being portrayed by an African American woman(no one could possibly imagine that God could be whatever). Or could it be the answers that "God" provides in the story, may not be the explanation God will give?

Christians do read secular material.

Just as there are Christians who read nothing but faith-filled books there are others who have read secular books and will continue reading them, but does this make them less Christian?

For instance, Dean Koontz is not classified as a Christian author, but his books focus on thrilling, spirit filled plot lines. Magazines like US, People, magazines on weapons and fighting- are not Christian either, but how many Christians read those too? Newspapers are not necessarily faith filled yet we all read them.

Maybe people are suckers for a good story.

A lukewarm literary experience.

So when you read about Multnomah breaking away from NRB(National Religious Broadcasters) because the NRB does not like the fact they have published Vines' new book- we have to remember to use Christ as our filter.

“I have the right to do anything,”you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV

While reading any kind of material, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I reading this material for learning purposes?
  • Am I reading someone's testimony(testimonies can sometimes include language, indecent scenes, etc.)?
  • Am I reading this to satisfy some unholy desire?
  • Am I reading this because someone told me to?
  • And most importantly- Will this please the Lord?

Reading is a fun, meditative activity. Let us use our Godly filters as we enjoy this leisure.