Monday, January 30, 2012

Not Eye to Eye But Heart to Heart, Part 2

The other day in a blog post I mentioned Stephen King and that he threw away Carrie. Some people reading this blog may deduce that I’m a Stephen King fan. Those people would be wrong.

The only King book I’ve ever read (that I remember) is The Stand. I recognize that King is a good author, and I understand why people like him. I’m not a fan of horror, and, so, I steer clear of him. King is too graphic for me.

And, since I specifically mentioned Carrie, people would probably think it was one of the books I’ve read. No, I’ve never read it—not that I remember.

This is just one example of things I know, that I’ve read about and used when I sit down to write my blog, but that I do not have first-hand knowledge of. Some people think of King as anti-Christian and wonder why I would mention him in a post.

And, that’s not all. Some wonder about other quotes and anecdotes I use.

Often, I do not even recognize the name of the person I’m quoting. Just because I use the quote does not mean I agree with the ideology of the person I’m quoting. If I use the quote, it means I agree with the quote or that I’m using the quote to stress a point.

Here’s the thing—I love blogging. At this moment, however, I am an author. I write books of fiction. If I read biographies and the writings of everyone I quote, I would have no time left to write my books.

And I’m a quote lover. I don’t want to stop using quotes. Here’s a quote I love: Scars are proof of pain, but also proof of healing. Never forget that. ~ Nat Shepherd

Who is Nat Shepherd? I have no earthly idea. However, I love his quote.

I have touched on this before—once words leave you, once they are put in a published form, people will interpret them in ways you may not agree with. They will make the words fit their own conceptions based on the experiences they have had in their lives.

Once the words are released, they are no longer ours (and I’m not advocating doing away with copyright!) to control.

Think of it like music. If one hundred people listened to the same song, each of the one hundred people would respond differently. 

The same with our words.

I have been a Christian for thirty five years. During those years, I have attended services three times a week except for times of illness or a few other times when circumstances prevented me from attending. I have taught bible classes for thirty four of those years.

During my thirty five years as a Christian, I have read books by Christian men and women—hundreds of them. I have studied my Bible. Have I read and studied enough? I never think it’s enough. I always think I should be studying more. It’s an insatiable hunger.

In me, before I became a Christian, I had an emptiness, a longing, a hunger for God.

In modern songs, movies, and television shows written by people who are not Christians, I often sense that same hunger. I may use their words to show what I perceive as this longing for God.

Some Christians wish to insulate themselves from the world. They only wish to read or view things that are strictly Christian. They are like monks shut away in their cells.

Yes, we are called out of the world. And, yet, we are called to go into the world to teach others of Christ. What better way to do so then by showing the world the underlying call for God in the non-Christian books, movies, and shows out there? And that’s the reason I use non-Christian sources.

I pray for God’s guidance in all things. I pray also my words are always those that encourage and uplift and never lead others astray. Please keep that in mind as you read my posts.

Seek God. Pray. Read the Bible.

My prayer is to simply point to God’s word, his truth, by using those things he allows me to see and experience.

Amen.

2 comments:

  1. There are always some who will take an author to task for not adhering to their perceptions of truth, well and anyone else too, for that matter. Unfortunately, they are usually very vocal. I love your posts, Sheila, and how you use so many different ideas to illustrate your points.

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