What does it mean to be a “Christian Writer?” That is the topic of this essay, a question I have been asking myself for some time now. While writing my first novel, I asked myself this question repeatedly. “Christian writer” is every Christian, regardless if they have published a book, or if they have written in their journal, or just texted a friend about Jesus, or the Gospel at some point in their life. I want to answer the initial question and add three more that I think are intrinsically part of the conversation.
“What does it mean to be a Christian writer?” The answer to that question is very simple to me. It means to be a Christian. In other words, I believe every Christian has an invitation to be a “Christian writer.”
“The Christian Gospel has a way of making us all writers in some way, shape, or form. From text messages, emails, and written notes, to church newsletters, missionary support letters, blogs, articles, and even books, everyday Christians do a lot of writing.” Writing is an invitation to every Christian to share what God has done for us. Christian writing is not just a published book. Christian writing is any instance where a Christian uses the ability God has given every one of us to spread His Gospel, love, and hope to the people around us in written form.
What is the purpose of the Christian writer? I could write an essay on this question alone, but I will leave it to the three points that strike a chord with me. The purpose of the Christian writer, first and foremost, is the spreading of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I sit down to write, my mind first goes to, “How can whoever reads this know Christ more.” The spreading of the Gospel is the mission of every Christian. The calling, if you will, of every Christian. Now, that is not to say that in every instance, I will be giving a presentation of the Gospel, but the true Gospel is ever-present in my mind whenever I begin to write. There is a second and just as important aspect of Christian writing. Personal, spiritual growth. Writing forces you to think deeply about the topic you are writing, pushing you to make decisions and notices errors in what you believe. It allows you to get your thoughts on paper, organizing them, and solidifying what you believe. I know that The Lord speaks to us as we write, nudging us to write about and help us learn. The third aspect is teaching and instructing. There are quite a few errors and inconsistencies with the church as an organization. Disagreements about denominations and interpretations of scripture abound in today’s day. But it did in the Apostles day as well. A majority of the old testament is the writers instructing and teaching the truth of the Gospel of Jesus and speaking out against false doctrine and false prophets. “We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s Word, but by the open statement of the truth, we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)” Mathis uses this text from scripture to emphasize how there are people who practice “cunning” and who “tamper” with God’s Word, and how we are called to speak, in other words, communicate, the truth of Christ.
What is the process of a Christian writer? This question is the most open-ended question of them all, in my opinion. Naturally, we all have a different writing process. I, for example, am making fair use of the Mind Mapping technique for this essay. But I think there are two steps that every Christian should take when writing any Christian writing piece. We should write with others in mind. Christian writing is not a selfish way of expressing oneself but an act of love. When we write, it’s not for us to garner sympathy or admiration from others but a sacrifice of love. A Christian has the hearts and lives of others on their mind every time they put pen to paper or they sit in front of a keyboard. Christians should seek counsel from scripture before writing. Like I mentioned before, we should not practice cunning or tamper with God’s word. “We are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:17). Here we see again, a calling to “speak in Christ.” In other words, communicate the truth of Christ found in the scriptures. Ignorance is not a valid excuse to write falsehoods about the Word of God. Every time a Christian prepares to write about the truth of God, they must sit and study God’s word on the issue to be guided by truth and love in their words.
Finally, what are the effects of Christian writing? Again, there are a plethora of answers to this question, but I would focus on three. The first outcome of our writing is that a brother or sister learned something new about Christ. As previously stated, Christian writing is an act of love, so the most apparent response to our writing is that the words bless someone. The second effect is very closely related to the first, the influencing of others. The main difference is that, while the writing can be a blessing to a fellow brother or sister in Christ, the latter is not beholden to just a fellow Christian. Our writing as Christians can influence others outside of our faith, and I would argue that it should. “I think the way you love people is by influencing them, persuading them, winning them, awakening them to delight in God above all things.” If we believe what the bible says is accurate, and that Hell is a real place, that we all deserve Hell because of our sin, and that Jesus made a way to be saved from our sin, Hell, and the grave, we must be striving to influence others who do not know about Christ. First and foremost, for salvation and also so that they can experience the goodness and love of God.
In conclusion, every Christian has the invitation to be a “Christian writer” to write and communicate with others, love others, and spread the Gospel of Jesus through every text, essay, fantasy story, or any written work we do.
Mathis, David. “God Made You a Writer: An Invitation to Every Christian,” August 24, 2017, 1–1. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/god-made-you-a-writer.com
Piper, John. “How Important Is a Christian Writer’s Influence?” Desiring God, April 10, 2020. https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-important-is-a-christian-writers-influence.com
Rudy Garcia is the author of the upcoming novel Forged By Fire. Pre-order your copy today!