A Matter of Principle

Posted by on November 2, 2012

 

Today I’d like to write about an experience I had recently with a particular organization of writers of which I am a member. I won’t name the organization. (I need to make it plain I am not discussing ACFW, a wonderful Christian author’s group.)

 

As a beginning writer, I figured I needed to join several professional organizations which offer monthly journals, on-line support for authors, and a national convention. This group supports romance writers which is the genre in which I write.

 

Last week I picked up the July issue of the journal I receive once a month. The first thing that caught my eye was a book cover portraying two men kissing. My novel Ryan’s Father, to be released in 2014, supports the Christian worldview of the subject of homosexuality. It dawned on me, this journal advertises novels with a point of view opposite from the Biblical view.

 

As I read further, I found an article interviewing a lesbian author who writes stories about homosexual men. But it gets more intense. In the article she alludes to the sexual act of these men telling just enough to get her point across. I might add this woman was a presenter at the national convention.

 

Wait! This sounds like pornography to me. And I am a member of an organization with a journal where I would find these kind of articles. Let me report the disclaimer at the front of the magazine. Publication of material in the journal is not to be interpreted as acceptance or endorsement of the views expressed by the author, and advertising is not to be interpreted as evidence of the endorsement or recommendation of the items.

 

Okay, I get that. If this organization doesn’t support this stuff, then why do they feature an author with this kind of message and invite her to present a workshop at the national convention? Sounds like endorsement to me.

 

What’s my point? Call me naive, but as a Christian, I can’t belong to an organization which runs ads like this. Or interviews authors whose responses are X-rated and invites these writers to present at their conventions.

 

Now I’ve opened up a whole can of worms. But I believe my book Ryan’s Father says it all. I am not homophobic. I love homosexuals with all my heart. That’s one reason I wrote my book. I’ve got some family members that live the lifestyle.

God loves all of us. The bottom line is not homosexuality, but sin. Fornication or adultery. These are sexual sins, too. No better or worse than other sins.

Hey,  I’m as big a sinner as anyone. But praise God, He sent Jesus to die for those sins.

 

12 Responses to A Matter of Principle

  1. June Foster

    Lianne. I have a feeling that the Lord had me write Ryan’s Father for at least one person. God willing it will be instrumental in helping someone (or more than one) come out of the bondage of homosexuality and into the life He planned for His children.

    I would never judge or condemn anyone in the lifestyle. I believe one sin is no worse than another. The Lord put such a love in my heart for people like Ryan.

    Thank you for your encouraging words.

  2. Lianne Simon

    June,

    One more thought… I’m glad that you stop and listen and ask advice when your conscience speaks. It encourages me when Christians take a stand, especially when done in love and with compassion. May your work reach those whom the Lord has put on your heart.

    LS

  3. June Foster

    Regina, Thank you for your comment. I just couldn’t keep quiet. By the way, I’m enjoying reading your Ozark Durham Series. I’ve finished with the first book so far.

  4. Regina Tittel

    If we put our trust in the Lord, He’ll supply all we need.

    I was so excited to read your post, June. Not enough Christians take a stand, especially a public one on topics such as this. And you did so with perfect finess. Thank you!

  5. June Foster

    John, I hate to say it, but book sellers are going to publish what makes money. That’s the bottom line, like in the secular world and rightfully so. How else would a company stay in business?

    The organization I find myself needing to resign from does not proclaim any affiliation with Christianity, but I’d assumed the group at least held to some standards of decency. I was shocked when I found out the type of fiction they endorse. But again, money talks and if that’s what the public wants, I suppose those kinds of novels will be published.

  6. John Brewer

    It is getting harder and harder to publish quality fiction. And by quality, I don’t just mean morally acceptable. The entire industry is way, way down the slippery slope. What are those of us striving to write powerful fiction with timeless themes to do? Especially when we resist incorporating the fad of the day?

    Is there even a market for quality, Christian-themed fiction? A small press has published my first two novels and I can’t say that sales are just exploding. I undertook this venture believing that a market existed for quality, morally acceptable fiction. If there isn’t, Christians have only themselves to blame for what does get published.

  7. June Foster

    Hi April, Thanks for the encouraging words. I promise to stick to the Word and not my guns. (smile) I know you love WhiteFire Publishing as much as I do. I praise God they were willing to take on my novel Ryan’s Father which gives a Christian worldview of the subject of homosexuality. I agree we have to be careful where we place our work.

  8. April McGowan

    I have to agree, June. You can’t let biblical principles be swayed by public opinion. That’s why I’ve felt so strongly against publishing with certain book imprints that also, on the same web page, advertise their other imprint lines of soft core and hard core pornography (erotica). I have been told by folks to submit to them in the past, and I just couldn’t do it. The verse Galatians 5 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” is clear about how a small bit of evil or sin can ruin a whole lot of good. It always struck me that if I wrote for those publishing houses that did that, I could be leading someone unsuspecting to their other imprints. And also–all the money goes to the same place, and that place is –part and parcel- teaching that sexual immortality is okay.

    Stick to your guns…er…the Word, and do not be swayed.

    Blessings!

  9. June Foster

    Amen, Fay. God is truly enough. Well said.

  10. Fay Lamb

    As someone who has had the pleasure of previewing June’s novel Ryan’s Father, I know her heart in this subject, and I know of another Chriatian novel that takes a very unbiblical stance on homosexuality. June’s heart for those ensnared by this lifestyle shines through, and June I’m 100% behind you in regard to the organization. I think those things happening within the organization are a clear call for Christians to make an exodus. God can make a way for the words He places in our hearts to find a venue. We don’t need worldly influences to further our careers. He is enough.

  11. June Foster

    Yes, Lianne, You would expect that in a convention for romance authors. I suppose it shouldn’t shock me. But blatant novels depicting homosexual acts? I suppose I’m too naive. Well, the bottom line is I don’t have to belong to the organization.

  12. Lianne Simon

    I’m glad you shared that, June. The difficulty lies, I think, in drawing the line in the same place and same way God does. It’s clear from 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 that we are to hold people who profess Christ to a higher standard than unbelievers.

    “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” (NIV)

    I don’t usually read romance novels, but isn’t sexual immorality a fairly common topic? Wouldn’t you expect that at a convention for romance authors?