Contemporary fantasy is swamped by material that runs completely adverse to traditional family values. This is a huge concern for parents and teachers. Young readers, especially, are impressionable to strange philosophies because they have not learned discernment.
Some of these “sensitive” subjects include: violence, magic, atheism, and sexuality. All of which can be complicated to approach in Christian literature.
Family-friendly literature does not need to shy away from these subjects. I think of how the Bible contains stories of everything from slashing open a guy’s belly to God’s judgment on homosexuality. These topics need to be dealt with, but they must not be glorified.
Readers must be shown sin and its consequences. They must live rejection so that they are willing to stand alone for what they know to be true. They must watch a character fall so that they can learn the consequence of living in sin. They must watch the actions of the characters so that they can see the ultimate rewards and penalties.
Do not shy from sensitive subjects. Simply show them in the light of holiness so that the reader aspires to a higher standard. As Christian writers we have a stronger foundation to contrast good and evil in fiction. We don’t just know what a character should and should not do. We know the reason they should and should not do it. We know the why because we know the ultimate Authority behind the why.
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Scott Appleton is a multi-published fantasy author with AMG Publishing (The Sword of the Dragon series) and now a freelance fiction writer whose works focus on reaching family-focused readers. He and his wife Kelley have three wonderfully creative children and they love to travel for his book signing events. Connect with Scott on Facebook and Twitter. Follow his writing journey and download his free ebook, The Writer’s Scrapbook, on his website.