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To Live as a Christian Writer

Hello, everyone—

Below is an essay I wrote in September for AP English Language and Composition, in response to a prompt asking me to explain my worldview. It deals with the fundamentals of Christianity and relates my perspective on life to how I will write in the future. Enjoy!


According to Erin Brown Conroy’s “Research, Critical Thinking, and the Christian Worldview,” the ability to “effectively present[ing] our ideas in writing” is centered in the essence of all collegiate coursework. At the same time, the effective presentation of ideas grows from a solid worldview. If a man cannot stand up and know what he believes, then that same man will fall and be swept away by the current of the ever-changing world. A man who is not swept away knows not only what he believes but has the more precious ability of being able to swim against the current of temporary vogues. Although hated by many, a means of defying the stream has never failed to stretch its arms open to men since time’s beginning. In order to understand time’s beginning, man must recall the record of time.

Humanity finds the true record in a book. The Bible is the only book ever encountered that rings a bell of truth in the human heart, and the fact is no less true when one starts at Genesis. As the first book of the Bible discusses how the world was once flawless and is no more, the student of Genesis immediately feels that “God-sized hole” expose itself. Truly there is a perfect Creator God, but His name was wronged by originally perfect humanity. The jewels of creation dismissed the Creator. Consequently, as the first two people of Earth bore children, Adam and Eve’s wicked nature spread. No one could ever exist without a wrongful willfulness against God.

Thankfully, the Christian perspective does not end in that woeful manner. Soon after humanity wronged the Creator, the same Creator gave them a promise, simply on account of His unending compassion and love. God told Adam and Eve that there would be a Man who would crush the father of sin, Satan. True to His word, God incarnate arrived four thousand years later as Jesus Christ. He died after living a perfect life to provide humanity with a way to restore their once-perfect relationship with their Creator. He rose out of death so humans would not only be one with God but live eternally with Him. The only requirement for this restoration is confession of sin and belief in Christ. The men and women who believe are called Christians. Since God’s children are dependent on their Creator for salvation and brought back to the love of Him, believers are motivated to live a life marked by God’s working. As Del Tackett once stated in his essay “What’s a Christian Worldview?”, “[s]omeone with a biblical worldview believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God.” If Christians love and serve their Creator, the unsaved will witness God’s glory and the hope found in Him.

The opposition to Christianity is comprised of all the other philosophies and religions vying for the believer’s attention. Non-Biblical “ideas…bombard us constantly from television, film, music, newspapers, magazines, books and academia,” as expressed in Tackett’s essay. The Shack, for example, is a New York Times best-selling work by William Paul Young. The average American deems this book as “Christian.” Yet if a reader of The Shack decides to test the book’s philosophy with Scriptural teaching, he would find rampant ignorance of Biblical truth. Paul Young grabs hold of the omnipotent Triune God, then miniaturizes and slices Him. In the words of Romans 1:23 (NKJV), God is “changed…into an image made like corruptible man.” Yet Young suggests that not only is God three separate people, but God has different genders and races. Then Young elevates wisdom, a virtue liberally given by God, to the position of goddess and in doing so adds a fourth person to the Trinity. The new ideas are undetectable to the unsaved reader, but God has a higher expectation of Christians. With sound Biblical knowledge, believers are easily able to detect the flaws in Paul Young’s desecrating “theology.”

Regardless, God does not command Christians to stick their faces in everyone else’s worldviews without bringing their own faults to God. First Thessalonians 2:12 (NKJV) exhorts believers to “walk worthy of God” and to do so always. Nevertheless, the Christian worldview can never be more influential, better expressed, or more explicit to others than in writing. As a result, the godly writer edits carefully and profusely. The author continuously polishes until his writing is a complete, flawless, and tangible manuscript of his point of view. The Christian author is similarly aware that although he is wholly permitted to examine others’ worldviews, God has also called him to “a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind,” as stated in Second Timothy 1:7 (NKJV). From this awareness comes a writer who seeks to understand his audience and to reflect that understanding in his writing. The Word-adhering wordsmith grants an overflow of God’s nature to his audience. Christian authors are to give a sure revelation of God’s glory without cruelly forcing the Biblical worldview into the readers’ still unsure souls. If a Christian writer consistently lives by the selfsame standards, then all of heaven deems that man or woman a true defier of the world’s constant stream.

 

~Sarah Merly

November 15, 2017

Isaiah 53