Friday, March 23, 2018

The Alone Syndrome by C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson

Our pastor, preaching on Matthew 26 recently, mentioned that when we sin, it usually happens when we are alone. That’s when the decisions are made. That’s when the actions are carried out.

He gave the example of verses 69-75. Confronted by a young girl about his relationship with Jesus, Simon Peter fell into the sin of denying His Savior…when he was by himself. James, John, Matthew, and the rest of the disciples were not around.

It made me think about King David. As he stood on that roof, watching Bathsheba bathe. There was nobody there to grab him by the shoulders and shake him into his right mind.

The same goes for the believer in Christ, our pastor said, who falls prey to temptation. Like porn, for instance. Nobody watches it while the family is in the same room.

Or what about the person who “cooks the books” of a successful business in order to bilk Uncle Sam out of tax revenue or drive up the stock price? This person probably is not going to share this with the rest of the company’s employees or stockholders.

The point is, our most egregious sin usually occurs when we think nobody is watching.

Sadly, what an affront to God that is.

Acting like He’s not around.

And that may be the most appalling part of it all.

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So, what’s this got to do with writing?

As writers, we may commit similar sins, probably often do, when we are alone.

For example, when the mail arrives, and the rejection letter tells us our work isn’t good enough. So, we sit in our office with the computer monitor staring at us…fully engrossed in a pity party, questioning God’s call on our life….and everything to do with this writing life…

Or when life happens, and we resent our family members, our neighbors, our colleagues, or even strangers because their unscheduled visit or catastrophe has impinged upon our writing time.

Or when we finally get what we have prayed for (a contract, a slew of good reviews, you fill in the blank here), and it suddenly isn’t enough anymore.

We may “discuss” (because complaining is a sin, too) the rejection letter with our friends, but we don’t discuss our lack of faith or sequestered anger. We just want them to tell us how brain dead that editor who rejected us must be.

We may tell those we love how much we adore them, but we never tell them how frustrated we are when they show up in the middle of a hard deadline…although it may come out in our actions.

We may be thankful for that first contract or that great review from a notable entity that is certain to boost our platform prospects, but we’d never admit to anyone that’s really not enough to make us feel fulfilled.

Yet, is God watching when we get that letter from the editor? Is He there when the family members unexpectedly show up? Does He even care about your contracts, reviews, or your overall career?

Of course He is.

Of course He does.

But He also gave us each other.

To help us focus on the bigger picture.

In Acts 2:42-47, you have the blueprint, the prescription for how to be the Church. Nowhere in those verses do you find anyone doing anything alone.

And there’s a reason for that.

We’re less likely to sin when we are together, provided we are truly living for Christ (which was our pastor’s point).

In the world of Christian writing, there are a myriad of ways to connect with other writers, readers, and those within Christian publishing. Between critique groups, writers conferences, online groups, church groups, and social media, there has never been a time where connecting with someone has been easier.

If you’ve ever been to a good conference, been a part of a great writers critique group, or simply meet a fellow believer for coffee and shared your lives as followers of Jesus, you know how uplifting and energizing it can be. Especially when we help each other, pray for one another, and do all the other “one anothers” mentioned in the New Testament.

There are twenty-four “Marks of Christian Fellowship” besides those found in Acts 2:42-47. I challenge you to read through these verses, spending some time within their own contexts. I think you’ll see how applicable they are to you as a writer (and obviously as a believer in Christ).

I think you’ll also find that offending God will be much more difficult in the future.

The Marks of Fellowship

Mark 9:50
John 13:34-35
John 15:12, 17
Romans 12:10, 16
Romans 13:8
Romans 15:7
Galatians 5:13
Galatians 6:2
Ephesians 4:2
Ephesians 4:32
Colossians 3:13
Colossians 3:16
1 Thessalonians 4:9, 18
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Hebrews 3:13
Hebrews 10:24-25
James 5:16
1 Peter 1:22
1 Peter 3:8
1 Peter 4:9-10
1 Peter 5:5
1 John 3:11, 23
2 John 5






A Clandestine Mission. A Cryptic Message. A Chaste Promise.

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C. KEVIN THOMPSON is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a kid at heart. Often referred to as “crazy” by his grandchildren, it’s only because he is. He’s a writer. Need he say more?

The first three books of his Blake Meyer Thriller series are out! Book 1, 30 Days Hath Revenge, Book 2, Triple Time, and Book 3, The Tide of Times, are now available! Book 4, When the Clock Strikes Fourteen, is coming soon!  Also, the second edition of his award-winning debut novel, The Serpent’s Grasp, is now available!

Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and Criminal Minds, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too. It’s quite elementary, actually.

Website:                                www.ckevinthompson.com/
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2 comments:

  1. This is an encouraging post. Thanks for sharing! This paragraph:
    We may “discuss” (because complaining is a sin, too) the rejection letter with our friends, but we don’t discuss our lack of faith or sequestered anger. We just want them to tell us how brain dead that editor who rejected us must be.
    spoke to me. This can apply to any area of our life. We leave out the part about our anger and how we feel. We want someone to agree with us that there is something wrong with the other person. We tend to leave out the part about us questioning God's plan, not considering there may be a reason this didn't work out at this time.

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  2. Thanks, Sally. May God bless your writing ministry!

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