March 26, 2015
Writing to heal the Body of Christ
Are you concerned about the decline in church attendance in almost every denomination? Are you as distressed as I am about the divisions among Christians? Do you wish you could do something. As communicators for Christ, we can! For example:
We can write honest, accurate, uplifting poems, devotionals, books, and stories to strengthen the faith of our readers.
We can visit the websites of each denomination and study their statements of beliefs then write to overcome assumptions, errors, or misunderstanding.
We can write about what we love in the Christian community and encourage forgiveness, acceptance, and respect for one another.
We can research what the Bible says about fellowship in Christ and write about what draws us together and makes us One.
We can investigate areas of dissension and pray to provide a voice of reason, balance, and healing.
If we write fiction, we can do so with a healing theme and purpose. For example, we might set a novel in another era where people dealt with similar concerns or write a Romeo and Juliette story between two lovers from opposing backgrounds, say, during the Reformation.
Most importantly, we can pray for discernment, expecting God to answer, and we can examine our minds and motives as we ask ourselves:
• Does my writing stir up debates or stir and quicken readers to consider differences from a spiritual perspective?
• Will my words help readers from diverse cultures to accept the forgiveness, redemption, and salvation of Jesus Christ, perhaps by showing that love and those blessings through story people, personal experiences, biblical truths, and practical suggestions?
• Does my writing speak ill of others or speak peace? In what ways can my poems, stories, devotionals, articles, and books bring reconciliation and healing to denominational or other church factions?
• The Bible gives us the wonderful analogy of One Body with many parts. Where do we see ourselves in the Body of Christ? Are any parts missing?
• Obviously, an elbow is not a toe, nor an ear a shinbone! But each part is vital to the whole. Can our writings show this? Can you think of another analogy that might speak to people today to show the need Christ has for each one of us to be One in Him?
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