The Elephant In the Room: My Next Novel and It’s Hopeful Impact
Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog.
Honestly it’s been an insane two months.
On December 5th, my 76 year old mother entered the hospital because of complications following a routine colonoscopy, and I only brought her home a week ago Thursday. She developed a bleed that wouldn’t stop, so they eventually had to do laparoscopic surgery to repair it. After this, she developed a twist in her intestine that created a blockage that they had to go back in to repair. She spent two weeks without food or exercise, so she lost nearly 12 pounds. She left the hospital on the 2nd of January and went to a rehabilitation facility for another three weeks. She is finally up and about without a walker, but still very weak.
We almost lost her. Why tell you this? Well, I’m getting there…
You see, I almost lost mom. I’ve been telling her I’d write this book for her for years. I’ve written several other novels and they are published, but they are all science-fiction (something I love) and this novel has been on the back-burner for about 15 years. Her hospitalization has been the kick-in-the-pants I needed to get cracking on this book. The current political climate in the U.S. (and what I believe is the Holy Spirit) is driving me inevitably toward writing it as well.
I read an article last week entitled “White Evangelicals, this is Why People Are Through With You”, posted by my awesome student teacher Trey Cabler. In the article, John Pavlovitz states that support of Trump and the GOP goes contrary to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 5. You can read the article, as I’ve linked it above, but it contains the sentiment I have been experiencing currently. As a Christian, I spiritually grieve for the American Christian and what support of misogyny, hatred, bigotry, islamophobia, xenophobia and the general lust and greed of this current administration has done to the Christian witness. Namely, it does not jibe with the teachings of Jesus at all, and the world around us knows it.
Let it be known that I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I’m more in line with the Progressive Bull Moose Party if I were to choose. Check them out here. But as I’m about to reveal, none of that matters to me…
On to the idea for the novel and why I feel it could have social impact on American Christians:
I think Naveen Andrews should play Jesus if my book ever became a film. He’s more close to what Jesus probably looked like…plus he’s a great actor. (I can dream, right?)
I’ve been planning to write a fictional novel about the life of a Roman soldier stationed in Judea for some time (15 years to be exact), but never had the thematic thread I needed until I read that article. It put things into words for me, and made me grieve for my fellow Christians. In fact, I have been grieving and praying for the sin of my Christian brothers and sisters for some time now, as I do not hate them, for that would be sin. I want them to see that when Jesus said “give unto Caesar what is Caesars”, he was stating the fact that this grand empire seemed like much to the world at the time, but the most important thing is to “give unto God what is God’s”. The United States Government thinks it is very important right now, and maybe it is, but in the grand scheme of things it is as the apostle James noted “like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes”. The most important thing is to do the work of the Kingdom right where we are (care for the poor, the sick, the needy, the prisoner, the thirsty, etc). As a bible-believing Christian, I believe I live in a Kingdom. I happen to reside in a Republic, but that Republic could overnight become a dictatorship or a communist country. The Kingdom is more important to me. It transcends all political parties and governments.
I hope to have this latest book (untitled at the moment even after 15 years) in the hands of a publisher by the end of this year. I’ll continue to work on other books more to my science fiction bent later on, but this will be a labor of love and a call to all of my brothers and sisters in Christ to realize that they are damaging the name of Jesus by supporting such evil.
If I have offended you by stating my heart with you, know that I am as sorry as Jesus was when he drove out the money changers. It is with conviction I write this, as it was with Him. Did Jesus love the money-changers any less? Of course not, and I would be a bad follower of Christ to not love my erring brother the same. God bless you, and may you throw away your idols and seek His face if you are a believer in Christ.
If you are not a believer, I love you, too. My King Jesus loves you and wants you to be part of His Kingdom. Message me to find out how or just read John 3:16.
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