Scientists, engineers and technological inventors, and business entrepreneurs say that humanity is on the cusp of a new wave of human creativity.
Instant communications are now possible via the web bringing literally thousands of minds together from all over the planet at one moment in time, discarding the limitations of geographical locations. Embryonic concepts and ideas, when shared on the global net, can result in brave new inventions with mind-blowing rapidity. Human thought can coalesce in a way that mimics the micro-world of biology by using chip technology. These synaptic pulses, occurring every second of the day and night in the global-brain, produce millions of new ideas and fresh concepts that have never before been thought of.
Laying the disciplines of science and technology aside, the same suppositions can be transferred to literature and writing. The impact of words via the global village has never been more fertile or dynamic in its capability to influence individuals, cultures, and nations. The power of the word is here and now.
Human endeavor is forging new boundaries, breaking out of the box of tradition and orthodoxy. We are thinking differently now–not just laterally, that’s old hat–in a way that resembles six dimensions. The equivalence of string theory and quantum mechanics is being applied to the arts and humanities, not only to science.
New thinkers are ditching personal labels. I am not just a scientist, not just a physician, not just an explorer of space, but much, much more. Exclusive thinking is out and inclusivity is in.
My own fields of interest are sufficiently broad to give me a big start in this arena. As an engineer with an academic university degree, I thought differently than my colleagues. I was a renaissance man. I brought my philosophic and artistic mind to solve engineering problems and conversely I used my engineer’s mind to help with the practical aspects of my own chosen art, writing.
For human advancement, we normally rely on non-fiction literature, factual manuals, scientific treatises, and political polemics. But consider that works of fiction, although essentially different to non-fiction in targets and goals, can nevertheless have a profound effect on shaping mankind.
When you read good fiction, there is a vital empathy between writer and reader. The reason it works for only one writer and millions of readers is that the empathy can be uniquely strong. It’s like a romance. Hands touch, eyes meet, and hearts converge as one beating heart.
The reader’s intimacy with the fiction tale, with the characters, with the drama, is both private and public. The reader becomes part of the plot. His or her mind is inextricably linked at a very deep level of consciousness. Whether the action is serious or comical, solemn or trivial, life or death, it is the precious human interaction occurring at the core of the exchange process of reading and being read.
The ideas expressed in the story, the emotions felt by the characters and the reader, the human landscapes travelled through are powerful persuaders, albeit whether obvious or subliminal.
My brand phrase ‘Redeeming mankind through fiction’ now makes important sense.
My faith mission as a Christian writer is to carry out the great commission that Jesus gave his disciples to take His message, the Gospel, to every corners of the world.
I was recently given a ‘word’ from the Lord. It was simple yet profound.
“As the Holy Spirit is intimately involved in the writing of your books, so the Holy Spirit will be profoundly involved when someone reads your book. The Holy Spirit will speak to the reader’s heart and truth will be imparted.”
I have already received testimonies from people who have read ‘Light of the Wicked’ and, deeply affected by the story, have gone on to search for God and salvation. For them it has been more than just entertainment; it has been a way of coming to know a God they thought did not exist.
Christian writers have an awesome responsibility not to just create entertaining books but to share the very gospel, not by preaching at the reader but by allowing the quality of the story to bring the reader into the presence of the living God. The reader, by coming into contact with a story that reflects God’s truth and life, is entering into a heart-to-heart conversation with the Lord himself via fiction. There’s a paradoxical truth.
12 Replies to “The Great Commission? – Redeeming Mankind through Fiction”
Amen, Fred! Great post and so honoring and glorifying to God.
Just before I read your post, I was studying Romans 10. Verses 14-15 in the NLT say, “And how can they hear about him unless someone tells him? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the scriptures say, “How beauitful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
You are so right, as Christian authors of fiction or non-fiction, we are sent to tell the good news.
Sorry, just realized I have a typo. The first question should ask, “And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
Anita, you are so right! Its our mission and vision as writers.
Beautiful, Fred! Inspirational! And that is why we write! Well said!
Melinda, Thanks I appreciated your comments God Bless
Thank you so much for this. I have been trying to put into words what I’d like to do with my writing, and you said it exactly: “… to share the very gospel … by allowing the quality of the story to bring the reader into the presence of the living God.” I’m going to print out and frame that whole sentence, and place it on my writing desk.
What you said is precious thank you. I always pray for inspiration and guidance before starting to write and as Christian writers we have the greatest story ever told! Thanks for framing me too quite an honour!
I will be sharing this with other Christian writers and I’ll be sure to include your name (as I did on my framed version).
By the way afternoon tea is best served in bone china and in an English village tea shop…have you tried it?
Only the bone china part. I would love to have tea in an English village tea shop. For now, the closest I come to it is getting the Twinings Tea UK posts on Facebook! But I am also happy to have my tea here in sunny Southern California.
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