Monday, Oct 12, 2009

The Slippery Slope of Compromise

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?

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5 thoughts on “The Slippery Slope of Compromise

  1. Hi MaryAnn –

    Since I don’t have an agent or contract yet, the issue has not come up.

    Publishers are hungry for numbers in the general market. If the Gospel message, whether overt or more subtle, is left out, it becomes tasteful reading material. The heart and soul is cut out of the manuscript.

    Susan 🙂

    October 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM

  2. I think it depends on the genre. I’m writing YA fantasy, which is Christian in worldview, but not in your face and doesn’t mention the name of Jesus.

    But I’m also working on a devotional journal for hurting people, which will absolutely proclaim the Gospel.

    I do wonder if this trend is because of the secular companies buying up the Christian publishing houses.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    • Pam, I think you hit the nail on the head with your observation that this trend has much to do with secular companies buying up Christian publishing houses.

      October 13, 2009 at 10:10 A

  3. MaryAnn,
    I write mostly service articles for magazines, so this issue hasn’t come up. But I do also write devotionals and have not sent some of my things to certain Christian publications because I felt they were too shallow. Seems like you’ve hit on something big here.

    October 14, 2009 at 7:13 PM