Saturday, January 30, 2010

Christian Writers, Contend For the Faith!

"Beloved, ... it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints." JUDE 3

Whatever genre in which the Christian writers flourish, we have a high calling to exhort our Christian readers to contend for the faith and to bring in those yet to be found. 

It's so much easier to be a generic Christian. By that, I mean, to blend in with the world and not share our faith. However, I believe that we, as all believers, have a call to share the Good News with a lost and spiritually dying world, not to cram words down anyone's throats but to shine the light through our witness so that people will ask and we will be ready to answer.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying it's wrong  for a Christian writer to flourish in the secular market. When God gives you a seed to plant, He will bring the harvest in the ground where it should be planted. Let's not forget though, when the baskets are full of monetary proceeds from the sold harvest (or when they are empty), there is a spiritual harvest ready and waiting for us to come and pick. We are not called to be sheep in wolves clothing but to fit nicely in our sheepskin and to wear it with honor and humility. 

 I exhort you and me both to contend for the faith as the early disciples did. There may be a time when we won't have this freedom that we now hold dear- our freedom of speech. It is happening all around us. I received an email recently about an author who is being imprisoned for using his free speech right here in America. These instances are few and random in our country but not so elsewhere.

It doesn't costs us much in comparison to what our brothers and sisters in Asia and third world countries suffer when they preach the Gospel. Many of them give their lives; all we get receive is a little flack here and there from people. 

Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel, (make disciples of all nations) baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen." Matthew 28:19-20

Christian Writer, remember who you are. Don't forget your call. Remember you have fellow sheep spread across this continent and further. Use your freedom as a Christian writer to contend for the faith and win souls whenever God gives the opportunity.


JoJo Tabares said...

Great post. I came across this by accident though. I used to get your RSS feed and now apparently I don't. :(

Terri Tiffany said...

Amen!! How easy it is to forget why we write:) Hope you are well!

Merit Kirkpatrick said...

A very good reminder, Becky Joie. You always word things so beautifully. I enjoy catching up with your blog. Whenever I get a chance to read blogs I go to yours (and JoJo's, of course) right away. It is really due to your wonderful testimony. You have the right focus, so I know you will have the right words - God Bless :)

BeckyJoie said...

Thank you all for your very kind comments! I'm glad to have you visit. Also, Merit I recently realized that your blog was only linked on my Facebook Page and not saved on my blogroll in Blogger. I don't know why this is but I hadn't received updates on your blog. I wonder if I will ever get techie enough to figure this all out! LOL.