I’ve published two blog posts in a row with a religious theme. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I was born in the church; raised in the church; and molded by it. You can bet that I can’t go a short time without referencing God at least once in something/to someone or just praying on my own time. You can see it on my blog. Despite how religious themed my site can come off as, I don’t consider it a religious blog.
When I first started David Speaks, I was wondering if it would have an overall theme. I told myself no, because I wanted to write about anything, and I wanted there to be something there for everyone. One thing I didn’t want it to be categorized as was a religious blog. I know it’s ironic because of my character, but I had my reasons:
1. Not everyone is a Christian. I had to be reminded of this in college every time I wrote something with a religious reference. It can be quite frustrating, especially when people can write about everything else. Believe it or not I do appreciate that everyone is not a Christian or of any religious denomination. I have met beautiful individuals who are of other faiths and some who don’t believe in any religious backgrounds at all. Dare I say it, some of these non believers seem to show better character than those who attend church.
2. I’m no saint. I think the wrong thoughts as well as do the wrong things. No amount of Christian music, prayers, blessings, or sermons could ever make me feel like those biblical figures such as Enoch, Job, Elijah, or Christ. I figured, how could I talk religious stuff when I slip up every now and then. I don’t want to say something on here and do anything contrary to what I share. I have seen it happen in my own church before. Speakers will say something on the pulpit during service and I will hear about them saying or doing something crazy that is exactly what they preached to others not to do.
3. Church isn’t that popular. As a Christian who has gone to public schools and a public university, I can attest that religion is not one of the top 3 top things people in their teens and 20s are discussing everyday. They seem more captivated by the lastet song, latest reality show, or latest celebrity feud. How does any religious piece compete with that?
But then I thought back to what a handful of my English professors preached to me and dozens of other writers- write about what you know. Being raised in the church, church would naturally be something that I know. To not talk about it would be denying readers knowledge that could provoke and inspire. As I continue to write anything with a religious theme or reference I am not going to preach at you, and I can promise you that I will never condemn anyone, because I would sooner cast a stone at myself than dozens at someone else.
Church isn’t the only thing I wish to discuss on here. I pray that I can come up with other inciteful and thought provoking posts such as my previous pieces Interracting With a Stutterer and Dear Writers, should we be Censored? . I must remember that there is nothing wrong with talking about what you know, even if it doesn’t seem as popular as others topics. I encourage all of you other writers to keep that in mind youselves.