One of the big issues I have with “Christian fiction” is that it purports to be fiction for Christians.
But I’m a Christian.
And I don’t like it.
I’m a Christian.
And the genres I read are not represented.
I Am Not Alone
I’m not the only one who feels this way. Nearly every Christian I know feels this lack. Something must be wrong with this picture. How many have turned to the world for fiction because of a failure to provide better or more varied “Christian fiction”? [tweetthis url=”http://clicktotweet.com/rJRzX” size=”ttsm”]
Church culture more often makes us feel that something must be wrong with us if we aren’t
satisfied by what we find on the shelves of the Christian bookstore. All my life I have been content to shop elsewhere, hunting down acceptable entertainment in the world’s library. Ignoring the voices that said I must be some kind of heretic, I must be unsanctified in my reading habits… after all, how could science fiction or fairy tales possibly fit the Christian worldview? Oh, those voices! Little do they know…
Today, I’m standing up for all those who have searched the Christian bookstore, and found it wanting.
Friend, you are not weird. You are not lacking Christ. “Christian fiction” is lacking us. [tweetthis url=”http://clicktotweet.com/n1kuv”]
The readers, the writers, the voices, the stories that exist outside the walls of those bookstores whose name we share but whose boundaries we do not.
Have you felt betrayed by “Christian fiction”? How or why?
Do you enjoy “Christian fiction”? What do you like about it?