If you take a step back and look at entertainment, its pretty obvious that people crave a good story. Sometimes, we even crave a bad story. I for one love anything that can keep my focus. But why? What is it about leaving our reality and taking a snippet from someone else’s that will cause us to stay up late to read one more chapter, watch one more episode and obsess about movie trailers?
I attend a unique church that has a ministry for people who battle various addictions. Once these people encounter Jesus, they are able to apply biblical teachings to their lives and they go into their next phase of life with a powerful testimony. They’re each given the chance to share with the Church who they were before Jesus and how their life will never be the same. It is amazing to see what God can do with a humble heart that desires change. Revelations 12 tells us that we “overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.”
It’s interesting that we overcome by our stories.
Since I was a little guy, I’ve been obsessed with Knights, and stories of honor, and doing what’s right even if it kills the hero. Now that I’m a writer, I tend to stick to stories with those thematic elements. I write to entertain, but in that entertainment lies the Word of God. I don’t have to type out scripture to preach with my stories. But by filling my stories with the concepts of Christianity, and the attributes of God, I feel that they can impact readers.
Psalm 78 explains that God set up rules for Israel to pass on what He had done for them, so that “they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds.”
Stories are my way to share what is that God has done for me. That:
“The next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.” Psalm 78:6,7