What Is This and Why Is It At The End Of This Chapter?

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God. - 1 Cor. 10:31

While my faith is important to me, no one is going to confuse my roleplaying stories for Christian fiction, and I am certainly not trying to make them such. Their main purpose is not to teach any over-arching Biblical lessons or principles. Many of the characters' choices are far from holy. They steal, deceive, get drunk, and even engage in extra-marital relations. No, these tales are just what they appear, the creative results of my roleplaying hobby.

Still, I am constantly aware of the above command to do everything for the glory of God and am always looking for ways to incorporate my faith into what I write. For starters, I try to stay away from contemporary offensive language, only using it when absolutely warranted, if at all. Also, whenever it fits in the story, I do try to interject tidbits of faith-based concepts or ideals, whether it be Leira's compassion for the poor, Kristopher's respect for Sylralie's integrity, or my refusal to accept a system's penalty for characters who don't engage in intimate relations within a particular time frame.

While I feel these are good practices, I would like to do more. That is why I am going to start adding one last tag to my posts. It will be a simple scripture reference. Nothing else. No quoted text. No explanations. Not even a link to the full context. Just the reference (i.e. 1 Cor. 10:31, using the above verse as an example). I feel this will be unobtrusive and leave it totally up to the reader to decide if they want to investigate further.

So what will the reference be about? Well, that will vary depending on the chapter. Sometimes the references will further expand or explain an idea or concept encountered in the story. Other times it will offer a wise word or encouragement inspired by the chapter. And, in a pinch, it might simply point to a  word, object, or phrase that is common between the two (i.e. the story might mention a cow so I may point to a verse about cattle). There's even a good chance that I'll skip a chapter every now and then.

I know it's not much and most people will likely just pass it by, but for me, it's a way I can use my talents to share the Word with others.

So will [God's] word be . . . It will not return to [Him] void. - Isa. 55:11a

1 comment:

  1. Teviko. Very cool! I won't pass it by. Thanks again for living your faith and being an example of a believer! It reminds me of this scripture from my own faith:
    "...to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death." (Mosiah 18:9)
    Thanks again, Jared (aka Jingo)