Some recent trends in Christian publishing give me great cause for concern. In the name of tolerance, some publishing houses are asking writers to sanitize the Gospel by removing overt allusions to Scripture, to Christ, and to God. One reason being given is that doing so will cause our writing to appeal to a larger group of people, particularly the unchurched.
What these publishers are actually saying, in my opinion, is that proclaiming Christ openly may cause the following to happen:
- We may lose sales and/or our reputation.
- We may be threatened by those who oppose Christianity.
- We don’t have the courage to stand up for Christ.
My intention is not to offend anyone, but I am deeply concerned about what I view as the increasing complacency of the Body of Christ toward the things of Christ. It seems as though the world has invaded the Church, to the grave danger of both.
Jesus said in Mark 8:38: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” May the publishers (and writers) in question carefully re-examine these words of our Lord, and may they choose to follow Christ, no matter what the cost.