Wow. Talk about a house divided. Denominational politics at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem literally block the construction of a much needed fire exit.
Nothing quite sums up the problems of denominational relations like this piece in USA Today . . . today. Being “Christian” is just not one thing nor has it ever been. As someone desiring publication in the CBA, I am constantly aware of the minutia that is Christianity. Fact is, as was mentioned by a recent ACFW judge of my work, I may not be producing (and I may not, myself, be) CBA material.
What to do? I struggle with this a lot, but I am who I am, yes? My husband reminds me that censure will only stilt my writing and my life. “Be who you are,” he says, “and the rest follows or it doesn’t, but writing life is too complicated to create a false self that then creates fictional characters.” Wise words.
I need to hear them often because I want to be liked, contracted, and read, but a house (or a writer, or a church) divided against itself cannot stand. Not optimally anyway.