More Thoughts about Worldview

Frankly, my thinking on the subject of worldview, specifically a Christian worldview, in fiction vacillates. When I wrote Friday’s post, Revisiting Worldview, I had in mind the kinds of books that didn’t need to explain right and wrong, the kind in which the protagonist makes choices the reader can cheer.

But as society slips further from a Christian worldview, it seems a unified understanding of what should and shouldn’t be cheered is now in question.

Stealing is wrong, most would agree … unless you steal from really bad people, or from the government, or in the name of justice. Certainly murder is wrong, isn’t it? And killing the whales is murder, but terminating the life of an unborn infant isn’t.

Apparently, even in areas that once seemed starkly black and white, society now struggles to find agreement.

So I wonder, maybe Christians need to write stories for society that hold to a Biblical way of looking at life, without connecting the dots. Maybe showing through fiction that sex outside of marriage has devastating consequences, or that greed is a poison, or ignoring the wisdom of our parents condemns us to learning the hard way, or any number of other Scripturally-consistent themes—maybe such stories can give a picture of what life can be or should be or what it is headed to become if something doesn’t change, and thus prime the pump for someone else to speak the gospel truth.

In other words, maybe such stories can entice or exhort, attract or forewarn.

Maybe they can even create the new norm. Many people look at stories and see, whether accurately so or not, that THIS is what most of the others are doing, saying, buying, believing, hoping, trying. Why, then, shouldn’t stories with people living consistently or suffering for not living consistently with Biblical standards be appropriate stories for Christians to write?

I did say at the beginning, my thinking on this subjects vacillates. Today on the radio, I heard a sermon that included an illustration about fishermen, when asked if they caught anything, never answer by saying, No, but I influenced a good number.

So I immediately apply that to writing and wonder if we Christians don’t aim too low. Should our stories reinforce God’s Law? Or point to Him? Or to His grace? Or do we need a healthy mix of them all?

Published in: on July 6, 2009 at 10:56 am  Comments (4)  
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