As a Christian poet, writer, or editor, you’re probably aware that social networks were atwitter last year with words against the church in general and various denominations in particular. The media produced some valid concerns along with innuendoes, rumors, and slanted reporting, so you might be asking, “What can I do?” That answer depends on where you are in your faith and where the Holy Spirit guides you, but for starters:
Pray. The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders and this new year gives us a good time to begin praying regularly.
Pray for God to give you the prayers to pray.
Ask God to show you how to express your faith lovingly and well in poems, songs, Bible stories, articles, and books.
Consider where your writing might be most effective in up-building the church, administering healing love, and strengthening the faith of other Christians.
Write about the biblical topics or current concerns to which you’re most drawn.
Research everything, even when you’re positive you know.
Get facts and the pros and cons about each topic. Just because numerous sources repeat the same information does not assure accuracy. Investigate. Find out. Be sure.
Find out exactly what the Bible has to say about dealing with problems in the church. For example, read the first three chapters of Revelation aloud to hear what Christ says to the churches and also to receive the blessing promised in Chapter 1 to those who read and those who hear.
Find out what the Catechism and other church documents have to say.
Visit official websites for the Vatican and other denominations. Read books, articles, letters, and encyclicals by early Christians and founding fathers or mothers of your church.
If your writing aims to educate others, submit your manuscript to your local pastor, priest, or bishop to gain church approval before you submit your work to an editor.
Keep on praying. And listen. Listen.
Maybe you will be led to write a letter to a friend or relative who used to be active in the church but has dropped away.
Maybe you will be led to write a letter of encouragement to your pastor or priest.
Maybe you will be drawn to writing an inspirational article or devotional poem.
Maybe you will write a novel or screenplay with credible characters who face realistic problems and endure harsh realities yet find a sound biblically-grounded resolution before reaching The End.
Whatever you write, make a New Year’s resolution to seek God’s guidance and to do whatever you can to minister healing to the hurting church – the Body of Christ in the world today.