Vampires, Zombies, and Christian Writers
by Tina Yeager
My son recently marveled at how much my perspective had changed regarding certain genres of fiction. I once feared the darker edges of fantasy, desperate to protect my children from occult influences. 1 John 4:18-20 and this verse in Galatians contributed to my shift in perspective. I now read and write in a variety of speculative realms, including fantasy and horror. Instead of fearing the shadows once authored only by those outside our faith, I’ve chosen to enter these areas to share light.
In these spaces, I can open discussions with respect for the craft and share a Christian worldview in places where many explore the dark issues of evil.
I understand the defensive position one can adopt as a Christian reader and writer, having been there myself. Yet attacks against writers who work in other genres create division and spring from a destructive terror rather than faith or love. The enemy of our souls enjoys his opportunities to make vampires and zombies of Christians, especially when he can publicly pit us against others God loves.
We all have different places in the Kingdom as communicators, but God does not call us to devour one another over our different callings. I’m not a fan of the romance genre, for example, but I respect those called to write sweet love stories.
We might not share or even understand the direction where our brothers and sisters are headed. Many misunderstood Paul’s tribute to an “unknown god” or Jesus’ ministry to outcasts and Gentiles. But remembering the Lord reigns highest as the judge in matters of our differences can help us resist fear’s temptations.
Instead of attacking those who venture into genres or topics we’re not comfortable writing, let’s pray for our fellow writers and listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading. We can support our brothers and sisters in this difficult calling with Christ’s love and pray for them in faith. May his heart shine through our writing and our attitudes toward all who answer his call to write.
Father, thank you for giving me this glorious opportunity to share in your word-bearing. I’m so grateful for your divine gifts, and even more thankful for the joy of dwelling with you. Remind me daily how to delight in your presence and share your messages with a rejoicing spirit. Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast and is a mentor with Word Weavers International. Beautiful Warrior, her book on women’s esteem is available at your favorite retailer. To connect with her, visit tinayeager.com.