Here in America we have the freedom to create organizations like American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). We can worship as we please. We can attend church, read our Bibles, and freely proclaim our faith. What did it take for that freedom? I'll tell you. It took many lives, much sacrifice, and a country that stands together without division.
I love our country with its broad land, our freedom, and our brave ones who fight to protect us. But I'm also growing very concerned about our country. We have way too much division among our citizens, and God's Word doesn't lie. "But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." (Matthew 12:25).
In spite of the fact that we have freedom to worship in any religion we choose, and many new people have brought their religions with them, America was perdominantly founded on Christianity. Any factual historical study will prove this. God is in this country. God founded this nation. And God wants to stay here in America.
If you're a writer, I urge you to join organizations like ACFW. Christian fiction sales are still growing faster than any other genre out there and the secular world is taking notice. I want wholesome Christian books to read that are filled with faith, and different journeys leading to faith, where God is ultimately glorified. I want the same thing out of the songs I listen to and movies I watch. These things cannot happen, if we as Christians do not stand up and make it happen, and support these efforts.
But it all begins behind the scenes with ideas, dreams, and experiences inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some of us need help learning how to make it happen, the right networks, and information about the genre and the market. That is where ACFW has been the best organization I ever joined in the 12+ years I've been writing. God gave this gift to me and I want to share it with others.
ACFW is having a national conference in September that I know you don't want to miss. This will be my first ACFW Conference. You may be asking, how do I know its so great if I've never been? Because I've been to a number of national secular writing conferences, and this is the only one that I've seen the best line up of editors and agents who read, buy, and publish Christian fiction. They will be there, giving exclusive appointments to want-a-be-published-writers, and giving their expertise in great workshops. I have no doubt that it will be worth every penny of the investment. If you are considering this conference.