Fiction versus Nonfiction in Gospel Songwriting
Fictional books outsell non-fictional books by a long shot.
Country outsells Southern Gospel by a long shot.
Those two facts are not necessarily coincidental. Our culture prefers fiction to truth.
There are countless admonitions throughout Scripture to be truthful. Does a Christian have an obligation to sing the truth? If not, and if a Christian is singing a fictional song, as in a country-style story-song, should that be clearly noted?
It has been said that Jesus’ parables were fictional. But isn’t that an assumption, based on our assumptions about our culture and theirs? Jesus, as God, is omniscient, and could have easily known a true-life story in every case. Over the four thousand years of earth history prior to that point, there is a high likelihood that a true story had occurred that matched every parable.
One more question, in case this doesn’t stir the pot enough as it is! Proverbs 26:18-19 states: “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!'” Does that verse have a bearing on this discussion?