For a long time, I wondered how to write meaningful (truthful) stories without running the risk of offending Christians. A few years ago, I finally came to the conclusion that I really don't care what Christians think. I care about reaching those who do not know (or misunderstand) Christ and I care about pleasing my heavenly Father with my work. If some Christians complain about how I reconcile the way I carry out the former to accomplish the latter, then that is between them and God.
In other words, I have the freedom to write whatever I want. That may sound irresponsible but I know that I will have to give an account for every word (pure, vulgar or otherwise) that I write. It's that healthy fear of the Living God that gives me the freedom to write in a way that is natural and real without straying into the gratuitous.
(Warning, wondering out loud...)
On the other hand, I suppose those who cater to the narrow Christian aesthetic at the expense of writing successfully for a savvy and cynical audience will have to give their own account for what they did with their gifts.
I'm not saying that one HAS to include swearing, violence, and/or sex to write good stories. I'm just suggesting that God gives creative Christians far more freedom than other Christians do and that's a shame.
I wonder how many brilliant storytellers are stuck writing sappy Christmas musicals and heavy-handed Easter dramas because that's the only outlet the church provides for them. Frankly, that thought pisses me off because we're not here to entertain ourselves but to grow the Kingdom of God.
Well, I'll stop now before I use some words that I might regret. (In my screenplays, I fear God; on this board I fear the administrators :ignore: )
Hey, I just noticed they added a ton of new emoticons.