Blogger: Mary Keeley
Much as I’ve tried to think of another topic, I can’t let go of what I feel compelled to write about today. Two days ago my state passed a law out of which tentacles may appear which would greatly inhibit Christian freedom of speech and practice. I began to wonder how that might eventually affect Christian publishers and the rest of us in the industry.
I am a trend watcher. As such, I’m a news junkie and observer of culture from a Christian worldview. A generation ago most people couldn’t have anticipated the cultural shift we’re experiencing today. It’s anyone’s guess how far into the future we will be able to view TV outreaches like Billy Graham’s new, and perhaps last, message to our nation, “The Cross,” which airs tonight. He is a powerful example for everyone in Christian publishing. By the way, you can find out when and where you can view this show in your area here.
I’m not a doomsayer. We know who is in charge of EVERYTHING all the time. But every once in a while it’s good to check our individual and corporate Christian barometer to make necessary adjustments. Wherever you the author might be tempted cave toward lukewarm faith in your novel or non-fiction book in favor of political correctness that might attract a larger audience. Wherever we agents might be tempted to represent a client whose books will likely sell millions of copies but are uncomfortably “off” scripturally. Wherever publishers may too easily acquiesce to demands which compromise their biblical mandate.
I admire Tyndale House Publishers for their recent stand against insurance requirements that conflict with their Christian conscience. Christian publishers are the mass producer of the Christian message to the world. Big privilege. Big responsibility. We need to support them. Here are ways we can do this:
- Pray for God’s protection over them and for boldness to take risks where needed to stay financially healthy.
- Buy their books, lots of them. Give them as gifts. And view your purchases as an investment, not an expense.
- Write a letter, comment on their blog, or send an email to thank them for their quality products and to express your prayerful support.
We know from Scripture that near the end of the age Christianity will experience great persecution. Whether that time is closely approaching or generations away is not for us to know…or to fear or be anxious about. What we are called to do is to be ready “to give an answer for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15).
With those marching orders in hand let’s pray that all of us in Christian publishing will always be faithful to our calling to proclaim biblical truth to the world.
Are you a trend watcher too? What are your observations? How have you been affected personally? Can you think of other ways we can express support for Christian publishers?
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