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Christian Fiction, Moral Compass (PART III)
From the website, Moral Compass:
A useful way to think about your “moral compass” is to think of it like an ordinary compass with true North representing Integrity, South — Forgiveness, East — Compassion, and West — Responsibility.
These four universal principles are honored in some form by people of all races and religions, regardless of gender.
I’ve been doing some personal research on Christianity (and have come across interesting Catholic priests’ blogs) as of late. I have an interest in spiritual practices on the whole, something that involves the search for meaning and purpose, that involves themes which engage us with the wider world.
I guess the personal research will help fine-tune the rough outline for my first “Christian Fiction” project (which I’ll start working on next year). I’m aiming for an “edgy inspirational fiction” vibe (that’s not too radical).
Certain things I’ll keep in mind (from reading this page on Inspirational Fiction):
(1) lack of profanity and portrayal of explicit sex,
(2) project to be “based on Christian values,” rather than be seen as for “Christians only,”
(3) emphasize morals, values and life lessons,
(4) character’s relationship to God
(in a broad and literal way > narrow and didactic way).
I guess the “edge” will come from the characters dealing with their sexual thoughts, desires, and actions/choices in a realistic and authentic way — my sex drive and sexual nature are things I’ve never been completely able to kill and/or repress (so as an adult, I tend to approach the subject of sex without a Catholic guilt complex).
While I rebel against total sexual control, I can appreciate the Christian ideal of sex only within a monogamous marriage (something that, I think, still has a level of appeal to people of all religions).
And while I like having liberty in my way of life (I’ve Uranus in the 9th House — and here’s a good page on Astrology + Christianity), I’ve always sought to favor compassion over passion (or “alongside” passion, at the very least). I don’t support violence. I don’t support superficiality. In the case of extreme religious bigots (who do not accurately represent the “moderate others” within their religious community), it is hypocritical to preach about “love and compassion,” while actively condoning/participating in acts of violence and hatred towards those with other beliefs.
That being said, I’ve come to realize that the other extreme is just as bad (where “anything goes,” due to an absence of the subject of God/spirituality/some kind of moral compass). This allows for free reign of hedonism where acts such as excessive fornication/adultery/consumerism aren’t allowed to just run rampant, but are encouraged and promoted over values that are grounded in some kind of moral sense.
From an article on Buddhism and Sex:
A puritanical Church tradition (one extreme) has now been vigorously challenged by a secular spirit of permissiveness (the other extreme). For many people it is not at all easy to find the middle way between these two extremes.
After several years, I have come to realize it’s not education/religion/politics that is the problem. It is the corruption within all of these massive and powerful institutions that is the problem. Ordinary people are exploited as a result of misplacing their trust in corrupted leaders whose real gods are (usually some combination of) fame, power and money.
Not all leaders are corrupted, but those who are wreak a whole lot of damage. I like it best when creative work can somehow help/benefit others (fiction is a good avenue for individuals that could be categorized as scandalous moralists). It would certainly be a good cause to inspire others to map out a sane course in their own lives, between the two extremes of rigid puritanism and total permissiveness (paraphrased from Buddhism and Sex).
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