That being said, I'd like to throw out a few preliminary thoughts. I am taking a Young Adult Resources class this summer as part of my library/information science degree, and I am gaining increased familiarity with both what is available to our young people as well as with how the world thinks about this literature. I've been wrestling with how to look at these books through my Christian "glasses." Everyone has a worldview, and it colors how he or she thinks, acts, interprets, believes--no matter what the stimuli, a worldview (or glasses) is in effect. As believers, we need to be sure that the pair of glasses with which we view the world contains the prescription of the Word of God. And I am struggling with how to apply the Word to some of the books I've read that my colleagues are praising so highly:
- Am I just being Victorian in my sensibilities?
- Is there some merit to some of these books despite some of the flaws?
- How should we be handling some of the hard things in life when they crop up in literature?
- How much do we describe in the book and how much do we leave to the reader's imagination?
- Is there any topic off limits?
- How can we, as Christians, help redeem the image the library world has of us? (Trust me, folks, it ain't pretty! Who do you think has been responsible for (often nastily or seemingly naively) challenging the most books? Even burning books? You guessed it: people who claim to be Christians.)
- How can we be a light in this dark world?
Romans 12: 2
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,