What is the Role of a Christian Writer?

I have a lot of words in print, and it scares me. As a fallible—nay, sinful—person with a young perspective on the world, I worry that my words may somehow mislead. Many of my words live in the nebulous world of the internet, in blogs and articles and tweets. I am quite sure a good critic could cross-examine my writing and find great fault.

So this anxiety (which I know is unbiblical per Matthew 6:34) got me to thinking about my role as a Christian author, article-writer, and poet. I spend hours upon hours every week in front of a computer screen, a Bible splayed open along with my heart. What am I doing here? What is the net result of these words strung together?

The Danger of Overgeneralization

Life is complicated. The longer I live, the more I realize that there are very few things in life which fit into neat little boxes. Even the gospel is too big to fit into a box. Some things are too complicated to fit in a box, and some things, like the grace of Christ, are simply too big to fit.

But man do we like boxes.

He is Unsearchable, Yet Knowable

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Have you ever been hiking and found that the trail just seems to disappear? You follow the worn path, finding comfort in the tracks of those gone before you and then suddenly the trail vanishes. You are in the woods—perhaps on the side of a mountain—and all you can do is stop and look around.

Theology is like that.