In the past couple of years, Christian fiction sales have increased to rival that of the sales of Bibles. That is a lot of Christian fiction being sold.
Christian fiction can be powerful. Not only can it touch a person through their emotions in a way that nonfiction may not be able to, it can also make one think about an issue on a deeper level.
I have a friend who is going through a very difficult season of life. Her husband has been unemployed for over a year with no job prospects and she has not been able to find work after staying home as a full-time mother for over ten years. One day she was lamenting to me that, in this economy, it appears that unless you already have a job, employers are not willing to consider you.
Our conversation than segued into end times and how what she was experiencing in not being able to find work because she was not currently employed might parallel not being able to purchase food and other necessities without a mark of some sort (often referred to as 666 or the mark of the beast from Revelations). We began talking about how our society might evolve to reach that point.
I told her about an end-time trilogy, The Fellowship of the Mystery™, that I had read. This set of three books proposed a very plausible plot about how such a mark and a one-world government might come about in our society.
When my friend remarked that she had never heard of these books, I explained to her that they were published by a small publisher and had not reached the bestseller list as the Left Behind Series had and so they had not garnered the same attention.
I then loaned her the books.
After reading them and upon returning them to me, my friend read me the following from the last book’s Epilogue. “The truth is, we can’t promise anyone that if they accept Jesus they will escape the horrors of persecution, or imprisonment, or plagues, or wars, or famines, or earthquakes…or that they will pass untouched through the everyday sorrows of this dark world.” (Swordsman by Terry Craig).
My friend took encouragement from the story and from these words. I am thankful that I could use these books to minister to my friend.
Those of you who are writing or publishing Christian fiction, know that people will be touched and drawn closer to Christ through your work.