“A good movie story is a journey toward God. It reminds us of the Master Story-teller. A good story is a holy thing.”
This quote from Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movie Guide (www.movieguide.org) and one of the best known names in the motion picture industry, aptly sums up the meaning and purpose of a “Christian film”—a story that takes us on a “journey toward God.” Quite obviously his reference toward the stories depicted in movies applies to books as well.
I often hear the question, What makes a book/story/movie “Christian”? It’s a good question, isn’t it? Is it automatically Christian if the person writing it is Christian? Must it contain quotes from Scripture? What about at least one conversion experience?
All of those things could, of course, be components in making up a Christian story, but I think Dr. Baehr’s quote better sums it up: “a journey toward God.”
As a Christian who writes, I believe my responsibility is to present an alternative world view to readers, one that most often flies in the face of the world’s accepted norm. My purpose is to help my readers either begin their journey toward God or take a few steps farther along the path.
Jesus was the Master Storyteller, using “parables with purpose” to teach the masses and lead them on their journey toward God. Besides His stellar example, what writers have done that sort of thing for you?