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Feeding souls

"Feeding souls" Continued...

Issue: "2012 Books Issue," July 14, 2012

Do evangelicals tend to resist reading about darkness? We tend as a Christian people to react either into baskets of kittens on posters with Bible verses, or with "I'm an edgy hipster and Tarantino is the best storyteller of our time." Choose your path: kittens or Kill Bill? Which is it? The key is to look at the character of God. God made kittens. They are cute, even in baskets. They are also killing machines. People who like kittens in baskets want to forget that part, and ignore that if kittens were big enough they would kill you: Your own house cat would take you down. But God made them. Look at tornadoes. Did God make them?

Do some writers fail by only seeing the killing machines? Yes. Does God tell stories of heroin addicts in alleys in Seattle? Yes, He does, so you have the edgy hipster types who say, "That'll be the only story I'll tell. I will spend all my time in the alleys of Seattle, and I will not acknowledge the presence of anything cute. Sunsets-kind of tacky. I will always have the sun setting over an industrial wasteland. I will never have that pink, fluffy, cumulus effect, because that's just weak."

You want us to keep in mind both. For secular respect some might veer into a treatment of darkness without hope or light. Others veer off into cutesiness. Our goal should be to be as much like God, the storyteller, as we can be. Which means, can you use pink? Well, have you ever seen anybody use more pink than God? Yes, the sky is pink, and yet it's pink because all of Montana burned in a forest fire. We think, "This is an amazing sunset. I'm inspired." Meanwhile, tens of thousands of smoke jumpers and helicopters, and acres are burning.

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Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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