Should Christian fiction use dark topics to tell a story?
Let me answer that question by asking another: Can light shine in darkness?
Of course light can shine in darkness. So why not show how the light brings hope, peace, security, or direction? As a suspense writer, I’m aware of the struggle to be realistic about the darkness while being optimistic about the light. Many of my favorite Christian writers tackle hard–and uncomfortable–issues with vivid skill. Their desire is not to glorify evil or a reader to enter into that evil, but their prayer is that their writing will grab a reader’s heart and mind with the liberating hope that is available in God. We want to describe the “real” world in which evil lurks, but only to set the stage for the light.
It’s my opinion that as a Christian writer I do not need to use profanity or sex as props in my stories. I can show a person’s anger or tell that they “cursed” or something like that without getting graphic. Yet I’m not going to shy away from tough issues (like divorce, death, abortion, rape, abuse, deceit, etc…) just because those are hard to deal with. I’m of the opinion that some Christians are way to squeamish. They are the ones who probably skip the Old Testament. It can be pretty gory.
What are some books you’ve read that were set in tough settings? What topics do you wish Christian fiction writers would deal with?
If you want to see what topics Christian fiction addresses, you can go to Fiction Finder and search for books by topic. It’s an incredible resource.