Or should it address any? Maybe its sole purpose should be to provide wholesome entertainment for Christians?
I won't deny, there is a market for that. It may very well be the biggest market for Christian writers. But, is mere entertainment the best use of a writer's talent?
Hehe. My blog. Now I get to tell you what I think. And I can be as blunt and tackless as I want.
It boggles my mind how we, as Christians, can look at the example set before us by Jesus Christ himself, and yet lock oursleves in a little box where we get to paint the walls and ceiling shimmery blue, lay grassy green olefin carpet, stick plastic sunflowers in the ground and call that real.
I'm not saying that every Christian book must boldly go where no book has gone before. We need the light reads; the gentle encouragements from time to time. But to declare those books that do take on wordly issues as unChristian is contrary to Christ's very example.
Recently I was reading reviews of a book that tackled many horrid, painful subjects. The author used scripture and Biblical examples as guidance for her main character's thoughts and actions. Most reviewers appreciated her ministry, but I found a few--more than I expected--who declared the book to be dangerous, and unChristian.
Why? She brought up child molestation and rape. How dare anyone acknowledge such a thing. Next was prostitution. Christ never knew anyone like that. Adultry! Cover your eyes. And worst of all, she wrote about sex between a husband and a wife. She even described it in poetic terms, making it seem. . . enjoyable. How unChristian!
Sadly, what every one of these reviewers missed was the beautiful tale of forgiveness. Isn't that why Christ died?
We live in a world full of hurt. In my own family we've dealt with divorce, adultry, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, rape, homosexuality, eating disorders and mental illness. In my close circle of friends that list of 'unmentionables' expands to include drug addiction, alchoholism, victims of molestation, abortion, and probably a few things I don't know about. You want to know what all of these people have in common? Christ. Everyone that has crossed my mind as I have written this list is a Christian; with the acception of one, and we're working on her. But could any of these people have been ministered to if those that brought them to Christ had not addressed their pain? Sin is pain.
I don't think I would be a Christian today if that were the case.