“FICTION/Christian/Historical” is the notation next to the UPC code on the back of my newest novel. You may wonder “What exactly is Christian fiction?” and “What am I in for if I purchase this book?”
“Christian fiction” is a term applied to a wide range of literature and there seems to be no set rules to qualify the use of this term. In general, Christian fiction is more about what is not included in the content of the story rather than what is included. My brand of fiction weaves adventure, romance, and drama in an exciting tale that is free from vulgar language, sexually explicit scenes, and extreme violence.
I use the Holy Bible as the source of the moral code for my characters and I do not promote the teachings of any religion other than Christianity. In other words, my characters do not blame their sins on bad Karma or quote the Quran. They do not all believe in Jesus Christ or acknowledge what he did when he went to the cross, but even my most unsavory villains are exposed as such by the light of the Word of God and by no other standard.
Does that mean I bombard the reader with Scripture or make accusations of someone’s sinfulness? No. We are all sinners and in need of the saving grace of God. I often use some Scripture in my stories. I sometimes include a salvation message. I use biblical principles to reveal problems that any of us might struggle with, such as unforgiveness, rebellion, or pride.
Through the characters I create and the situations I put them in, I want my readers to be entertained, encouraged and blessed. Though the content of my stories may vary widely in time and place and circumstance, my reason for writing will not change: I wish to share the hope I have within me–a hope that is place in Jesus Christ and what he did for me when he went to the cross.
1 Peter 3:15: …be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you…