As witnessed by the number of "hits" on the original thread about this topic, there is obviously no lack of interest. That's why I thought it would be interesting to post excerpts from last week's Faithwriter's Blog on the subject by author, Delia Latham. For me, it summarized my thoughts about sex and Christian Fiction.
1. The sensuality meter
I was once challenged by a reader who felt the words “Christian” and “romance” conflicted.
“You cannot write about romance and call it a Christian book,” he stated. “Christians don’t partake in romance, at least not until after they’re married. And no one wants to read about that stuff between a husband and wife. What’s the point?”
How sad, this inability to distinguish between sex and romance!
Let me try to make it easy.
Romance is the wooing of another’s heart and the emotions involved in that courtship.
Sex is the physical consummation of a physical attraction (no relationship necessary).
In a Christian romance, sex is off limits for the unmarried hero/heroine, and takes place behind closed doors for married ones. What’s left? Relationship.
That said, eliminating blatant sexual activity is not the be-all and end-all of an inspirational novel. What is important is the interweaving of the characters’ spiritual journeys into their lives—and that includes their romantic overtures.
Physical attraction should be a part of the story, but it will be communicated through emotions instead of hormones. He may notice the way the heroine’s dress accentuates her curves, but he won’t focus on those curves. He’ll be drawn to her sense of humor, her generosity, her sweetness of spirit. Neither is she blind to how he looks in those hip-hugging jeans, or the way his muscles bulge when he ropes that heifer! But her emotional reactions will supersede any physical ones. She’ll be moved by his gentleness with an injured animal…touched by the respectful way he handles an annoying elderly neighbor…moved to tears by his love for children.
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