I have a question for today’s entry:
Can Christian Fiction Just be Entertaining and Enjoyable?
I know to some of you that is an incredulous question. However, I’m beginning to wonder if Christian Fiction can just be entertaining and enjoyable. Somehow, I feel on one hand if Christian Fiction is not converting its readers to Christ than its blasphemous. On the other hand, if Christian Fiction is not subversive and not overt than you are only reading propaganda.
What happen to reading something for fun? What happen to reading something that make you laugh? What happen to reading something that made you say I enjoyed spending a few sleepless nights or a week or so being engrossed in that author’s world.
I have read two novels in the past year that were enjoyable and entertaining to read: Home is the Sailor by Jorge Amado & Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. Even though both of those novels are not Christian Fiction, they were fun and surprisingly both of them had a message about human behavior and humanity without calling attention to it.
I wrote reviews for both novels:
Have we become too serious for our own good? Have we become too sophisticated for our own good? Or have we become too hypersensitive to the big, bad secular world who looks down upon Christian Fiction as a worthy genre for discussion?
“Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.
Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 NASB)
I’ve ended this blog post with a quote from my favorite book in the Bible (and the most overlooked in American Evangelical Christianity), Ecclesiastes. God mentioned through Solomon about enjoyment and that’s a gift from Him. Somehow, that is missing from our church life and every other aspect of Christianity that it even creeps into our fiction reading habits.
I hope this blog post can open up some real dialogue before we become too serious for our own good.