As I alluded to earlier, fantasy fiction is intriguing for me because when I read, it takes me into another world. As it turns out, that is a completely natural desire.
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ said, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16, NKJV) That is music to my ears! This world can be so filled with yuck that it is not unrealistic to want to be taken away. And yet, herein lies the danger. Christ also petitioned his Father (in verse 15), “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.”
It comes back to the Great Commission–we are to spread the Gospel throughout the world. As fun as it is to escape for a short time in the pages of a great story, I have to remind myself that Scripture teaches us to live in this world, holding up Christ’s standard while we are here. Yes, we may not be of this world, but we are Christ’s emissaries in this world.
But someday…God’s children will indeed escape and spend eternity with Him. And that is better than any novel.
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