Over the last few months, we’ve had a lot of conversations about what it means to have a biblical worldview, but describing what worldview is doesn’t exactly define what Crosshair is looking for in a novel. And these days, Christian doesn’t mean what it used to mean either. So we can’t just say: “Send us Christian stories!”
So when we say we want fiction written from a biblical worldview, what does that mean?
It means, in general, the heart of your story, the very core that drives it, must be dedicated to glorifying God or pointing people to Jesus Christ as the one and only way to have a relationship with God. How you accomplish this is up to you, but if you use symbols and allegory, they must not contradict biblical values.
We have a mature imprint, Steel Rigg, which will feature stories that have an edge to them. These stories have characters who curse, characters who kill, characters who behave in all sort of unbecoming ways. Some of them are villains. Some of them are heroes. All of them are people, and that’s the point. But the unifying factor in every Steel Rigg book is that Christ and Christ-like living is glorified. Even if lifestyles or life choices that aren’t biblical are featured, they aren’t presented as choices that please God. Because according to the Bible, they don’t.
Is your story about a dark magician who sees the light and turns his life around? Awesome. Just make sure you present the story in a way that demonstrates darkness isn’t something to strive for or worship.
Is your story about a man and woman who choose to sleep with each other outside of marriage? Fine. But do you present it in a way that condones it? How about sleeping with someone before you’re married? Do your characters ever have to face consequences for choices like that? What about abortion? What about homosexuality? What about murder? What about disobeying your parents? What about rebelling against governmental authority?
We will always answer those questions with another question: “What does the Bible say about it?”
Here’s the long and short of what we’re saying: Fiction is full of stories that treat the Bible like it’s a fairytale or a list of suggestions, but that’s not what we believe.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, given to us so that we know how to live. Not so that we have options. The Bible is our map for navigating life, and what God says goes. Nothing’s optional about it. We don’t get to pick and choose. We don’t get to believe the verses we like and discount the verses we don’t. We don’t get to believe that God will forgive everyone and not believe the Virgin Birth. The Bible is all or nothing with us, and if you don’t agree, that is absolutely, entirely, 100% your choice. Just understand that it’s absolutely, entirely, 100% our choice too.
Crosshair Press began because four friends who love Jesus wanted to produce spectacular stories that not only engage and enthrall but encourage and inspire with the truth from God’s Word. That’s what we’re about.
If God’s Word isn’t truth to you, cool beans. That decision is yours to make, and we’re glad you have the freedom to make that decision. Don’t give up on your writing just because it doesn’t fit what we’re looking for. We all have many friends who are wonderful writers who don’t believe the Bible, and we cheer them on every day and pray for their success. Believe us, there are plenty of publishing houses out there who will consider what you’ve written. We might even be able to recommend a couple! Feel free to ask!
Crosshair Press has a specific purpose, and the stories we accept must fit that purpose. That’s what we believe, and that’s how we choose which stories we accept.