This is a question I have been mulling over and struggling to balance in the world of fantasy. How do I balance the moral and spiritual lessons of scripture in my fantasy novel with the unrelated story elements/beats? For instance, just because a leader takes the attitude of a servant leader doesn’t mean I want them related to a “Christ figure” or even a necessarily Christian. I hope this question makes sense. I would love some insight in avoiding heresy in fantasy!
“To the pure, all things are pure” Titus 1:15
One of the reasons “Christian” fiction often does not ring true is because people are overly concerned with fitting the story into easily digestible boxes when the world does not do that. God does not need you to make a better case for Him than He makes for Himself! (Job 13:8) That notion can be incredibly freeing for Christian writers. If what you are writing is true to the world, then what you are writing is godly, because – never forget – God is Truth! (John 14:6).
Part of that truth is that sometimes even people who don’t know God reflect his ways – because as human beings created in His image, knowledge of His ways is in our hearts even though our sin nature fights and rejects it (Romans 2:14-15) You can have a servant-leader who is not a Christ figure or even a Christian. That is not at all heresy.