What Is The Point?

Last week, I scribbled in the outline for A Time For War about what my goal with the story was and what I want to emphasize above all else.

Truthfully, writing this series is going to be hard enough because like I said in this post, everybody and their fifth cousin once removed has an opinion on the war in this century. More often than not, people are biased towards the North, especially when they write fictional novels set during the war. Some are biased towards the South, which most certainly shows.

I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to favor one side above the other because like I’ve said before, neither side was completely right or completely wrong. Both were right and both were wrong, in one way or the other.

I also don’t want to favor one side above the other because it’s all too easy to lie about your opponent. It’s all too easy to twist and take out of context what they’ve said, to zero in on their sins, to ignore what good deeds they did do however tainted they were (Isa. 64:6), to lump people together in a group and act like they were all the same when they weren’t.

Every single person on earth is a unique individual, never to be replaced. We all think, act, talk differently yet all too often, our modern society lumps people into the same group because of x, y, and z, which in turn frustrates said people because they don’t fit the narrative that society pushes.

*clears throat* Let’s hop off this rabbit trail and get back to the main trail.

The main points I want to make with ATFW and the entire series in general is this:

God is Sovereign over all things.

He ordains the days of our lives.

It is He who is in control, not us.

In the day of prosperity, be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 | ESV

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me when as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:16 | ESV

I don’t want these books to be a battleground (pun not intended) to determine which side was ultimately right and which side was ultimately wrong. Obviously, yes, there are characters on both sides who do the right thing; we certainly should be biased towards things are are actual truth – like being fair and just or that love is patient and kind.

I do believe that Abraham Lincoln had it correct when he stated in his Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865 that the war was God’s judgment on the nation as a whole.

I want my books to emphasize the truth about God, about humanity’s sinful nature, about the need for a Savior, about the value of human life, etc.

Arguing over which side of the Civil War was right and which side was wrong isn’t going to help anyone. It’s a distraction from the ultimate, eternal truths that we should be centering our themes around.

Storytellers, tell me your thoughts below! What is the point of the story/stories you’re writing? What are you trying to say?

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