Many Christian writers have read Can Romance Novels Hurt Your Heart? (click on the link to read Russell Moore’s blog to see what all the fuss is about) and have left thoughtful and passionate defenses of writers of Christian romance.
In the comment section, some people have blasted fiction in general, implying that Christians should not be involved in the writing or reading of it. This is not the first time I have heard this and, frankly, I’m getting tired of hearing Christians complaining of fiction.
In response, this is the comment I left. “Tim Downs spoke eloquently at the ACFW Conference last year about “story” (if my memory serves me correctly). He shared how Nathan confronted David. Instead of openly accusing David of murder and adultery, Nathan tells the story of the man with one ewe lamb that the rich man had stolen from him. A fictional story yet one that contained truth and a story David responded to with a broken and contrite spirit. That is the job of Christian writers of fiction–to convict the world, to prick hearts by being more true than the truth. Or, conversely, to offer comfort and compassion to those in pain. Be it sci-fi, romance, mystery, fantasy, or whatever. Are there Christian books that fall short? Sure, but all men sin and fall short of the glory of God. Christian writers are instruments in the hands of God. They must write as their consciences dictate!”
And, again, poor old Harry Potter is attacked. One person had this to say in the comment section:
I also agree that no Christians (period) should be reading the stuff market today. That includes Harry Potter, Twilight series, etc. All that does is make you yearn for the next one, take your eyes off Christ, and put your feet on the wide road.
(Some still see the Harry Potter series as an attack on Christianity. Check out this blog for J.K. Rowling’s beliefs: J. K. Rowling, a Christian?)
I have shared my beliefs about the Harry Potter books before and will do so again, I’m sure, so let’s get back to the question at hand.
Should Christians be reading fiction? Should Christians be writing fiction?
Yes and yes.
Can I get an amen?