Did you know that the generation now reaching adulthood has an attitude problem? Yes, they are the first generation in our lifetimes who don’t believe it’s possible to have a better life than their parents.
I’ve heard this from several sources, but it was a keynote address by Dr. Dennis Hensley at a writers conference that impressed me. Dr. Hensley had a solution. He said they need someone to offer them hope. We, as writers, can do that. Whether we write fiction or nonfiction, we can take the responsibility of offering the world hope. And that hope is Jesus Christ. We can use our writing to:
Lead them to faith in Christ.
Every piece of work a Christian writer produces has the potential to reach someone for Christ. Writers may never know how many people are touched by their work. But we can put it out there and make it available for others. The apostle Paul said we all have our roles in God’s kingdom. Some plant, some water, but God gives the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:8-9). Each of us has a part to play in sharing the gospel whether in person or in writing.
Teach them the Greatest Commandment
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:36-40.
What does loving God and loving neighbors look like? We can share stories, whether true or fictional, that illustrate the Christian worldview. We can show unbelievers joyful living in fellowship with other Christians. We can tell stories about how Christians rely on their faith community to get them through difficult times.
Invite them to share in the Great Commission
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:16-20.
Once readers become believers, there’s still work to do. Write to encourage them to reach out to others and share the hope of Christ. Be faithful, writers, and pray that your work will help the gospel “go viral.”
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