Q:  What was the motive in writing
this story, Caryn?

•        I wanted to portray a born-again Christian that is a person of
God, but that is viewing everything as spiritual warfare – even his
own wife had become his enemy, and even prayer was used to
attack, wound, or kill.  But this view of spiritual warfare, while
perhaps partially true, is certainly not the view of a mature servant
of God.


Q:  But aren’t the servants of God the
warriors of Christ?  And doesn’t
“righteousness exalt a nation”?

•        Yes, warriors of Christ by any name are servants of God.  But
they “fight” against everything they perceive as evil, and show no
mercy.  There is another group of servants of God that I call
“BridgeMakers” – they perceive evil and good, but they focus on
sharing love with “the just and the unjust” and with “the evil and the
good.”

•        A “Fighter” mindset does not allow a person to live Matthew
Chapter 5, where Jesus described the distinctives of a Christian:  “If
someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the left also; if
someone orders you to carry a burden one mile, carry it two; if
someone sues you in court for your tunic, give him your cloak as
well.”

•        The “BridgeMaker” mindset allows a person to suffer personal
insult, to be abused twice over, and to surrender a court case –
because the BridgeMaker is doing all he or she can to help their
opponent build their life ever more securely on the rock of Christ.

•        The “righteousness that exalts a nation” is not the “no mercy”
righteousness of the proud Fighter.  But a nation is exalted when
the mercy of a BridgeMaker is shown to a wounded person.  The
Fighter triumphs in “justice”; but a BridgeMaker hears the words of
the Bible:  “Judgment without mercy will be shown to any that have
not been merciful.  Mercy triumphs over judgment!”


Q:  But aren’t we to preach the Word of God
to the “wounded”?  Isn’t preaching the best
form of love possible?  Isn’t even a rebuke a
form of love?

•        When Jesus wanted to redefine “love your neighbor as
yourself” Jesus did not describe a Fighter at all, but discussed a man
that was a reject of Jewish society that found a wounded Jew left
for dead.  That rejected man would not avoid the wounded man, but
got his hands bloody and dirty by “pouring in oil and wine” into all
the wounds.  He gave time and companionship, and even ensured
another man (an “inn keeper”) would watch over the wounded
man.  Today, we call those words of Jesus “The Parable of the Good
Samaritan”.

•        A “Fighter” will kick insults into the face of a transsexual,
refuse to talk to the transsexual, and do everything possible to avoid
the transsexual  -- even though avoidance is taught to be sin in the
Parable of the Good Samaritan.  The Fighter preaches the Word of
God as the wounded body lays in front of him… the Fighter cannot
conceive of the gentleness that is needed when pouring in “oil and
wine”.  The Fighter seeks no “third party”, and cannot conceive of
deep wounds that need a third party to intervene.  The Fighter is
therefore not a mature servant of God, even if his title is Deacon,
Elder, or Pastor.


Q:  In your story, the main weapon of the
Fighter was “prayer”, which he used as a
sword.  Why did you choose that analogy?

•        A warrior is a fighter and cannot see the opportunities for
touching the wounded, and helping to heal them.  A Fighter will even
use intercessory prayer as a weapon to strike out at opponents.  
Prayer then appears to confirm the Fighter’s view of the world.

•        A “BridgeMaker” is a far different type of Christian – the
BridgeMaker prays and then works upon building a bridge over to
the very people that the Fighter wishes to avoid.  Pray is for
strength to become involved, to give the gentle “oil” of comfort and
“wine” of God’s word, to know when and where to involve a third-
party.

•        Ask yourself this:  “Do you pray for your gay neighbors OR do
you pray and then invite them over for coffee and getting to know
each other?”  The first is the mark of a Fighter; the second is the
mark of a BridgeMaker


Q:  Why did you seem to emphasize sexual
“lust” during the battle with the spider-
leech?  Isn’t that a bit extreme for a book
directed towards Christians?

•        I emphasized “unrestrained lust”, that is, lust without limits,
the drive to take without permission.  And the spider-leech was
“reflective” of Fighter’s need to have no limits.

•        Fighters can desire unrestrained lust for power, for promotion
within a church hierarchy, and/or for the status of being called
“Elder” or “Pastor”.  The sexual part of the analogy was not the
focus, really.  I was much more concerned about showing how a
Fighter mindset doesn’t even allow him to realize how much lust he
has for power, promotion, and status.  And also wanted to show
how much the Fighter mindset desires darkness to hide within – and
churches are a wonderful place for Fighters to hide within.


Q:  So, Caryn, you are saying that this short
e-book was about a Christian that needed to
mature?

•        Fighter desperately needed to mature and was very torn over
the idea of maturing.  Fighter had fallen in love with battle, armor,
and his own wounds.  Even the Lion – an analogy of Jesus Christ –
wanted Fighter to mature.  

•        But maturing is not easy.  In the story, I have a “root of
bitterness” kill Fighter’s dreams, and a depression that drives
Fighter towards death – these are the tools that goad Fighter into
maturing.

•        In reality, I have observed pastors that are “Fighters” and
perceived that God is calling them to become “BridgeMakers”.   They
have instead refused the calling of God to become a mature servant
– they now worship the fight, and not the Giver of Mercy.  And I
have watched their church membership dwindle to nothing,
depression haunt them, and bitterness grow and poison their
ministry.  Some even claim that Satan is deceiving the neighborhood
into not coming to their church – in reality, God is driving the pastor
into learning a new paradigm.

•        You see, these disasters are so necessary to drive the Fighter
away from his paradigm of simple spiritual warfare and to lure the
Fighter into a life of making bridges to those are less-than-lovely to
him.

•        Jesus said, “When you give a feast, call the poor, the blind, the
lame, and the halt to your feast….”  Only someone with the heart of
a “BridgeMaker” can see the wisdom in those words.  


Q:  Are you working on another manuscript
for the Chronicles of FadingEarth series?

•        Not at this time.  The Lord has graciously opened my eyes to
another need - the maturity of Christians.  So, I am working on that
new piece of writing.  I believe the new writing is more important
than my fiction/fantasy writing... so, I put aside the next manuscript
for the FadingEarth series.  Perhaps I will finish it in the years ahead.


But for the next few years, I wish to complete a new manuscript for
maturing in Christ.




(c) Copyright Caryn LeMur 2006, 2007, 2010
The Writings of Caryn LeMur

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