The fool says in his heart “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good. Psalm 14:1 (ESV)
Stories allow us to examine our world and process what we see in new ways. All stories fall into one of two categories. The first are stories with a representation of the true God, while the second are stories that misrepresent the true God or lack any god at all.
The Chronicles of Narnia is an example of the first category, as it portrays Aslan as a creator and redeemer of his creation. Similarly, The Lord of the Rings gives us Eru, who also creates and intervenes in his creation. These stories allude to the beauty of something greater than our world, Someone who truly has our best interests in mind.
On the other hand, Stargate serves as an example of the second category. In this story, humans fight against and overpower the god Ra. Likewise, in The Avengers, a group of heroes defeats a “puny god.” And in the Hunger Games, there is no god referenced at all. These stories push the message that if there is a god, he is deceitful and weak, and we can free ourselves from his oppression and determine our own destiny.
Our culture is flooded with stories in this second category. As storytellers, we must counter this flood with stories that represent the true God and show Him to be active in the lives of His people.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
The Bible does not pull any punches when confronting lies (Psalm 14:1). It is foolish to deny God’s existence. Yet so many in our culture work hard to not only deny His existence but to establish their own moral standards.
In 2020, the American Enterprise Institute reported that the most common religious identity among Americans was “none.” More than one-third of those surveyed identified as atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular.” Without a moral standard greater than oneself, is it any wonder that chaos defines our culture?
A fool’s world.
Without God, humans will commit abominable acts against other humans. Every day in our “enlightened” and “scientific” age, thousands of babies are killed in the womb. Children demand hormone blockers and sex change surgery. Women and children are abducted, sold, and transported to supply sex trafficking rings.
Yet media sources, celebrities, and politicians advocate this “enlightened” and “scientific” age of denial, compromise, and blurred lines. They call evil good and good evil. And they celebrate or ignore these actions to the detriment of our world.
This two-word phrase conveys so much love, power, and hope:
“But God raised him from the dead.” Acts 13:30 (ESV)
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 1 Corinthians 3:6 (ESV)
“But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…” Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV)
I encourage you to take time to study the many verses that contain this short phrase to get to know God better.
It is only in pursuing God and desiring to know Him more and more that we can accurately represent Him in our stories and combat the lies that are crowding into our homes from every direction.
The only way to combat these lies is with the truth. If God has called us to tell stories, then we must include an authentic portrayal of Him and His world. We can’t be afraid of how people will respond to our work. There will always be opposition to the accurate representation of God and hatred of those who belong to Him.
After all, our Savior warned us of this very thing: “If the world hates you, know it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19 (ESV)
As ambassadors of Christ, we must be strong and courageous to follow God in our calling. We must not shy away from controversial topics but address these topics with the truth of God’s Word.
And we must trust that God will work in the hearts and lives of the people who watch, read, and hear our stories as they point the way to salvation in Him alone.