Believe is a cool word. Unlike it’s quieter brother, belief, it’s an action word. It jumps up and does something where belief stands quietly and says, “This is who I am.” Believe says, “This is what I do.”
My books are one way that I show what I believe. There are little nuances in them that many people have caught and asked me about–others didn’t need to ask. They knew me before the books. I thought I’d share a few of those things for those who were curious but hadn’t asked.
Church- People in most of my books attend churches without traditional names. They attend “The Church” or “The Assembly.” The Mission is a mission, but it isn’t associated with a denomination any more than the others are. One woman asked if it was meant to be inclusive of all denominations. It isn’t. It’s actually a reflection upon my personal beliefs about fractions in the church. I don’t believe in calling myself “Lutheran, Calvinist, or Campbellite.” For one thing, I happen to know that Luther and Campbell were against those titles. Why would we disrespect them that way if we respect their teaching? For another, Paul made a pretty strong statement against naming ourselves after apostles, so why would we do it with theologians? Titles like “Methodist, Presbyterian, or Baptist are explanations of methodology and not just for Methodists, but I still have a problem with it. So, in my books, I’ve enjoyed putting my characters in names of churches that would make me feel comfortable.
Sin- Several people have asked why I have such flawed people in my books. My characters fail. They get angry. They don’t swear outwardly, but that’s just because I don’t care to read it myself so I’m not about to make my readers do it. They do sometimes struggle with swearing in their heads though. They aren’t all Christians. They do things that you wouldn’t think Christians would do. Why? Because life is like that. People fail. People lie. The get convicted of that sin and prayerfully, they repent. I don’t want to glorify sin, but I want to acknowledge it and show the consequences. I want to remind people that it can be overcome.
So… Believe. What do you believe that permeates your writing, your interests, your life?
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