If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
A recent blog about how the Holy Spirit can work within a Christian to change his or her life drew a response via a Twitter direct message that bothers me. It doesn’t bother me because the writer disagreed with me. People disagree with me frequently. That’s just part of life.
What bothered me was that this writer said he didn’t believe in a benevolent God and he didn’t appreciate having such beliefs shoved down his throat. Let me address the second part of that complaint first.
No one appreciates having beliefs shoved down their throats. If that’s how I come across in my posts on Christianity, then I’m failing abjectly in my efforts. If my writing leads people to feel that I’m forcing myself on them, then I need to learn to write better, because that’s not my heart.
My intention when I write on Christianity is to spread love. I write in hopes people will feel my love coming through the words to them. Even more importantly, I want them to feel the love of Jesus, the love of our Heavenly Father through my words.
Looking at the first part of this man’s complaint, he said he didn’t believe in a benevolent God. I can only hurt for someone who doesn’t believe in a benevolent God. I don’t want to force him—or you or anybody else—to agree with me. That totally misses the point. What I want is for every man, woman and child on this earth to experience the love of God.
Yes, I know that’s a Pollyannaish thought. They didn’t all feel the love of Jesus when He was here in the flesh, and they never will all feel the love of God. I understand that, but I don’t like it. I wish everyone on this planet could feel the security I feel from being in His hands, the love I feel from knowing He created me in His own image and seeks me out for a relationship with Him.
If Paul and all the other writers of the New Testament couldn’t convey that feeling to everyone who reads it, it’s obvious my writing won’t convey it, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing it could. Maybe I can hope one other person, two other people, a handful of people, can feel the love of God leaping off the pages of my writing. Maybe my words will help one or two to come to trust Jesus with their lives.
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. Since his retirement from insurance a few years ago, he has devoted his time to helping Kristen Lamb start Warrior Writers’ Boot Camp and trying to learn to write a successful novel himself.