Writers wield tremendous power over others. In fact, they have more power than the richest people in the world. Our thoughts, our cultural experience, our government, our faith–everything depends on writers.
Writers have a terrible responsibility. Nations rise and fall on the words of a single person.
Unfortunately, what is deemed good writing doesn’t always mean morally good.
A case study
I recently read about a runaway bestseller,?All the Ugly and Wonderful?Things by Bryn Greenwood. It is touted as “A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people.” The two unlikely people are an eight-year-old girl and a twenty-year-old man. Many defend the story, saying that it is not a tale of pedophilia. The author asks us to examine why we feel uncomfortable with the romance. As a Christian writer, I would ask, “Why did you write that story in the first place?”
Writers hold the great responsibility of telling the truth. Greenwood, and many other modern authors, do not tell the truth. Instead, they ask us to question truth.?They are rewarded with the power to shape worldviews, to our detriment.
A call for good writing
I don’t mean only quality writing, although many business people say there is a lack of that, too. I mean good as in a voice for truth. Let’s unleash the power of the pen for Christ. It saddens me when books published for Christians don’t even tell the truth. Three of the top twenty bestselling Christian books on the list for June 2017?were different versions of?The Shack by William Paul Young, according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). It is fiction, and some of the themes do contain truth. However, since 70% of Christians don’t know their Bible, many are led astray by the falsehoods about the nature of God contained in the book.
So, my challenge to you is this:
Tell the truth. Plain and simple.
I didn’t say avoid difficult topics. But, if you’re going to tell a story, it must convey the truth.
Maybe, just maybe, the power that we wield would shape worldviews, too, for God’s glory.
How can you use your ideas to shape the lives of others? Please share below.