Friday, Oct 09, 2009

Writing to Reclaim a Culture

If you have been following the news lately, you are aware of how much influence the media has in shaping a culture. People tend to believe what they hear and what they read. What we are hearing on the news and what we are reading in our newspapers and magazines is often information far from the truth. It takes a discerning heart and an educated mind (educated in the sense of knowing what is really going on) to separate the wheat from the chaff. 

As writers for the King, we have a responsibility to be informed regarding the truth – the truth as found in God’s Word and the truth as found in the original documents on which our country was founded. We also have a responsibility to reclaim for Christ those areas in which God has placed us. 

For you and me as writers, we have a responsibility to reclaim the arts, particularly the writing profession, for Christ. How do we do this? Through our gift of writing. We must use our writing to proclaim truth – whether we do so in letters to the editor, in letters to our Congressmen and Senators, in op-ed pieces and essays, in newspaper columns, in articles, short stories, novels, or poems. Regardless of the venue, the responsibility remains. 

Jesus commands us in Mark 16:15 to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Most of us “go into all the world” through the publication of our writing. In Romans 10:14, the Word says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” If we do not write the truth, many will not hear the truth. 

If you think you’re not significant, think again. All that God requires of us is that we be faithful in our calling. He will take care of the rest.

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