I’m an author. I can’t help it, writing is just in my blood. However, I am not a published author. I’ve submitted various articles, poems, etc. for publication, but have yet to actually see my work in print.
Perhaps that’s part of the reason why I started blogging. It gives me the chance to share my passion for writing with, gasp, actual readers!
My great love is writing stories though. I’ve been writing stories and coming up with ideas for stories since I was just a kid. I’ve been working on one of my stories for nearly 15 years! Some of the basic ideas that I came up with 15 years ago are still favorites of mine, thought the plot and characters have changed a bit as I’ve grown. They’ve matured and gained a depth and experience that wasn’t there before. Yet, I was somewhat disturbed to find that a few had also grown a bit darker.
This presented a dilemma for me. Should I be writing anything that contained evil or violence at all? I pondered this and struggled with it for a while. Evil exists, and there is no getting around that. We’re all born sinners, and that leads us to commit acts of violence against others. At last, I concluded that writing about evil was not the real issue. The question was, what light would I cast evil in? Would I choose to write in such a way that sin was glorified, or portrayed as acceptable in some cases? Or, would I honestly write about the evil that exists, leaving an unmistakable impression of dismay and sorrow at the wrong being done?
That’s the shift that I see happening in the literary world today. Evil used to be, for the most part, portrayed as just that, evil. Today there seem to be differing degrees of it. We’re told that the “sort of evil” character isn’t really bad, because they are fighting against the REALLY evil character. We are told that you have to fight evil with evil, employing the same tactics they use. We’re told that not all evil is truly bad. But there is no truth in that.
Sin abounds, and we’ve all participated. That’s the reality of it. I’ve participated in sin. But I can repent. I can be forgiven. I’ll still face the consequences of my evil though! And even though I have forgiveness, I’ve been called to a higher standard.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Murder, theft, deceit… each one can be found in the pages of the Bible. But never once is it glorified or encouraged. That’s where I ultimately found my answer.