Yes, that’s right. If only he had known the consequences of his writing, his hand might have shuddered and refused to pen the Lord Of The Rings.
I do say this tongue in cheek, but my wallet will in fact be flatter because of his writing.
A few days ago, I wrote these words:
As writers, we need to be careful what we write. We have no control over who reads our words once it is out there.
But at the very moment that my fingers left the keyboard, the Lord had a direct lesson for me as my youngest daughter came running in the house with bad news.
What was the bad news? If you recall, in the same post I also wrote these words:
[J]ust yesterday, I let my kids purchase a “Return of the King” video game.
Well, lets just say that my son got a bit excited about Legolas and his bow, and … err … accidentally shot the A/C compressor at the side of the house using his compound bow and a blunt metal tipped arrow. All the freon came roaring out, and in three frantic trips to the compressor with various tools, I was unable to close the inlet valve. So not only have I lost all freon, but I need to have it repaired.
So, here are the chain of events:
- Tolkien writes the Lord Of The Rings
- LOTR books become popular
- Technology catches up with his amazing vision
- A set of movies are made
- A 3D video game is made
- My son plays said video game
- My son shoots and kills the Air Conditioner
- $350 repair bill
So you see, our words DO have consequences so be careful what you write!
Anyway, I was hoping my previous post would be received in the spirit it was intended, and so far it has.
I really believe that Christian Fantasy is an appropriate vehicle for communicating eternal truths regarding the great story that God is telling about He and His own battling the evil schemes of Satan—with good triumphing.
But I myself have a checkered background and used to play Dungeons and Dragons for many years before becoming a Christian, and I had to leave fantasy behind for a long time until my faith became stronger and I was able to see that God’s redemption can extend even to fantasy literature. (To the opening of my eyes, I owe a thanks to Stephen Lawhead!)
And even though I have grown and can deal in strength with fantasy from a Christian perspective, that does not mean everyone can. And it does not mean that I do not have my own weaknesses where I dare not tread.
To those who write and/or support Christian Fantasy—have compassion on our brothers and sisters who consider this sin. Perhaps for them, it is.
To those who, in their faith, cannot endure Christian fantasy—please try and understand that timeless truths can be communicated through fiction as well as fantasy without either the author or the reader turning aside from a solid scriptural foundation. And where we, as a body of writers, fail, please help us in a gentle manner.
After all, we serve the same Lord and are each answerable to Him.