Fiction as ministry…
One of the joys of “retiring” is that I can give some real time to writing fiction. Why fiction?
Because I can control the message so much better. I can say things that would not be possible in our modern politically correct society.
Instead of talking about the apostate church [which few want to talk about], I can write about a world where a very religious church has taken over political power—persecuting and killing true believers.
Instead of operatives with horrible character titillating the reader with acts that would normally be unspeakable, we can have warriors of good character working to follow the Lord and improve our world.
Instead of people ruining their lives with bad decisions [the daily news], I can have heros and heroines doing things for the right reasons with positive results.
Instead of wondering what is going to happen now that the interest on our debt has reached the size of our gross national product, I can write about political leaders who actually turn down the opportunity to jump in the sack with bimbos and ruin their lives. I still remember the impact Vince Flynn had on me with Term Limits where a group started executing Senators with good reason for extremely bad behavior. Of course, now his hero seems to spend far too much time on vicious interrogation. But then what have you got without true spiritual guidance? Beating it out of them may be the only answer without a word of knowledge.
I’m also meeting people who can really help in this pursuit. One is a blog called Word Sharpeners. Tamera Kraft regularly has good help for beginning authors like myself. If this applies to you, you should check her out. Today, for example, her posting was on the importance of chracter names. Now, I knew that fromyears of teaching Scripture. But, it is a good reminder of the type of control we have over our chosen media of communication.
Wordsharpeners on Naming Characters