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Many years ago I had a friend who was a Medical Doctor. He had gone on some kind of retreat for Christian Doctors where they discussed the difference between a Christian doctor and other doctors. Their conclusion was fairly simple. They said a Christian doctor prays.

What does it mean to be a Christian writer? I'm not sure the answer to this is much different from the question, “What is a Christian?” But there is a crucial and specific application for a Christian writer.

A Christian writer begins everything she writes from a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. We are absolutely dependent upon Him. He determines our purpose and values. That does not mean that everything we write is devotional or theological. I may write a travel log on a trip across Canada. Or I may write a baseball story. But in both of them I must personally surrender to His lordship over my life. I trust His perspective on my thinking and writing. In what I write, I try not to project my own competence, but His.

In 2 Corinthians 4:5 Paul wrote about his own Ministry.

“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.”

I want to stop saying, “Listen to me.” Instead, often in subtle and creative ways, I want to say, “You can listen to Him.” This will radically change the underlying message of my writing and my entire life. If I belong to him, it is his message that I desire to get out.

And being, or at least growing, as a Christian writer will completely redefine my idea of success. If I truly belong to him, I will desire to honor Him rather than myself.  In John 7:18, Jesus gave us this clear definition of our purpose.

“He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”

As Christian writers we right from a Vital Relationship with Christ.

And as Christian writers we become Verifiable Representatives of Christ.

Similar things will be true of a Christian artist, a Christian carpenter, a preacher, or a godly janitor.



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Comment by David Young on June 20, 2018 at 5:05pm

Thank you, Malva. I wrote that in my Writing Prayerfully blog, so it was aimed at writers. But the message is certainly broader than that. I worry about the attitudes of so many who post to some degree in the Name of our Lord on social media.

Comment by Malva Birch on June 20, 2018 at 10:26am

Thank you, Dave - the right way and perspective - and it is true for so many other things too, including emails and social media. The awful stuff on social media made me seriously reconsider having an account there - if it weren't for the Bible verses and prayers that I receive every day, I would have just stopped. 

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