G is for God

Posted by penelopepowell on April 26, 2017

This post appeared earlier this month on the official blog of Anaiah Press. I'm reposting it on my website because it is a good reminder.

G is for God

And He is the primary reason Christian Fiction exists.  In every story told, whether explicit or implied, God is ultimately the protagonist.

Implied—like in the book of Esther. The name of God isn’t mentioned. Esther is taken then selected as queen by King Ahasuerus. When the very existence of her people, the Jews, is threatened, Mordecai, her guardian, tells Esther she may have risen to her place of honor to save her people. So Esther requests a fast. When they are delivered a feast is added to the Jewish calendar. Both the fast and the feast imply God was at the helm of these events. He heard their prayers, and delivered them. As such they commended their deliverance with a celebration. This account points to the hand of God though He is never mentioned by name.

Other books in the Bible are emphatically implicit about God; His name, character, and words explicit as He engages various people throughout the centuries. Similarly, many fictions stories do the same. The characters undergo change, growth, even deliverance of some type. They may encounter prayers, the use of scriptures, or conversations that engage their thoughts, enlighten their internal struggles, or deepen their understanding as they search for truth or redemption.

My favorite type of stories, follow the pattern of Jesus. He engaged people with identifiable examples. Weaving instructional truths into the fabric of word pictures, stories most people could connect with.

Whether implicit or implied, God is the protagonist, and we must never forget, the audience. While imparting truths about Him can be told many ways, the point is each time a story is told, someone new might just realize a connection to God.