A topic of major concern to me in recent months has been the subtle downplaying I see in the publishing industry regarding the Gospel message. This seems to be especially true in the realm of fiction. Publishing houses seem to be moving toward “clean, inspirational” fiction that does not overtly proclaim Christ.
Now, I don’t necessarily believe that every one of our stories must include the sinner’s prayer for salvation. In real life, living as Christ lived is usually far more powerful than simply talking about Him but not walking the walk.
At the same time, we must, I think, be on guard against a “slippery slope” toward falling into the trap that shies away from speaking openly about our Lord. After all, in Mark 16, Jesus commands us to “preach” the Gospel, and we can’t very well preach it without mentioning His Name.
I would love to hear your comments on this. Have you too noticed such a trend? Have you been asked to “water down” the Gospel in your writing? Have you felt the pressure of compromise?