What makes a book “Christian”? What makes a writer a “Christian author?”
This debate has carried on for decades about music. The majority of weight being lyrics, second – the artist’s testimony and lifestyle, 3rd – where and how it is it marketed. If the music is sold in Christian bookstores it is considered “Christian”. Artists can join and fall off the list. In the 1980’s, Bob Dylan made a sudden decision to become a Christian. He released two “Christian” albums and then refuted and went back to being Bob Dylan. On the other hand, many “Christian” artists have been pulled off the list because of admission to sin, lifestyle changes (homosexuality), general lyrics, or just simply a desire to be in a secular field.
Books are much harder to define. I have read many “Christian” novels that said nothing about God – nothing. If I didn’t know the author was a Christian I would have never have labeled it a “Christian” book. I’m not knocking these books. I really enjoyed them. I just don’t know why they are published under a “Christian” label.
With the onslaught of internet sales, “Christian” books are being marketed to the general public. In the old days, there were “Christian” bookstores which heathens never went into. The secular bookstores put all “Christian” publishers in a back corner and labeled them “religious”. The heathens were safe.
Now the heathens are buying “Christian” books because they aren’t labeled. If you don’t believe me, read the comments under “Christian” novels. The heathens actually want warning labels put on “Christian” novels because they feel like they are being deceived by “religious” material being marketed as regular fiction.
I am slightly amused by the whole thing. After living in fear for years about being deceived into buying anti-Christ music, movies, and books it is funny to hear the heathen complain.
But really, what is a “Christian” book? What is a “Christian” business? What is “Christian” music? Maybe we should have a new rating system: Slightly Christian, Moderate Christian, Heavy Christian, Slam it down your throat Christian. hmmm
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.