Monday, October 6, 2008
Stepping Over the Line?
Three or four weeks ago, I came across an ad for a book by an inspirational author and acquaintance on one of the Christian social network sites. Eager to show my support, I clicked on the link to learn more about the book and was taken to a publishing-competitor's Web site. The promotion for the inspirational book was there, it's true. But at the top of the screen were also tabs that clicked through to a wide range of romance selections--from the squeaky clean romances of the inspiration line. . .to the steamiest of written porn.
Ever since then, I've been waging an ongoing personal debate. On one hand, I understand the motivation for Christian authors to get their inspirational stories into the hands of readers. I am also aware of the fact that most Christian publishing lines are under the umbrella of secular companies these days. I just wonder how far we can follow that shifting line in the sand and remain true to our Christian values and morals without going too far? In the midst of weighing all these questions in my own heart and mind, I came across this verse in THE MESSAGE. Although this passage is typically used to encourage believers not to marry non-believers, I wonder if it doesn't speak to the publishing business as well?
Don't become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That's not partnership; that's war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God's holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: "I'll live in them, move into them; I'll be their God and they'll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good," says God. "Don't link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I'll be a Father to you; you'll be sons and daughters to me." The Word of the Master, God. --2 Corinthians 6:14-18, THE MESSAGE
Please don't misinterpret my intentions here. I am not crossing my arms and scowling derision down on anyone, or crusading to put any line out of business. More of my writer friends have published with this particular line than not, so I am not passing personal judgment. Please know, also, that these opinions are strictly my own and do not necessarily portray the opinions of my employer. I would, however, be interested in knowing what other authors are thinking on these issues. Am I out in left field on this one? Have I touched a nerve?
Editor Du Jour Susan