Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Being a Living Mystery
I recognized that He did this for us, I just didn't know the terminology for it. If we could look back at the orchestration that led to 'meeting' God, it would blind us with tears. He didn't have to hit us over the head with His love or write it in the sky.
I have heard Latayne's topic discussed among writers who are confused about the degree of directness they should use. They have a great story that doesn't fit the mold. Perhaps it's allegory or science fiction/fantasy. As Christian writers, are we obligated to explain? This dilemma may also be true in our everyday lives, especially for those of us who work in public education or for the government and walk a fine line in displaying our Christianity. We learn to project Christ on a more subtle level as opportunities arise. Listen to this quote by Cardinal Suhard in Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water:
"To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. It means to live in such a way that one's life would not make sense if God did not exist."
I know it is a concern among Christian publishers that their books leave no doubt as to being Christ-centered. They are charged with proclaiming Christ and take it very seriously. This, of course, is also the goal of Christian authors. Some editors have voiced that not all readers 'get it' when it comes to implied faith and want a more overt application.
Knowing this, does it change the types of stories you choose to write? We'd love to hear from you.