No Church in the Wild

Have you heard Kanye West’s lyrics in Jay-Z’s newly released music video? The haunting defiance of the bridge caught my attention:
Human beings in a mob

What’s a mob to a king?

What’s a king to a god?

What’s a god to a non-believer?

Who don’t believe in anything?

We make it out alive

All right, all right

No church in the wild

Wondering what these words meant, I clicked on the video (don’t watch unless you have a strong stomach). This disturbing work shows an oppressed people raising their fist at uniformed enforcers and fighting like folks who’ve nothing left to lose.

Humans treating other humans badly is not a new story.

The book I’m currently writing investigates some of the worst political persecution in recorded history. Back during the centuries Rome ruled the world, oppressed and mistreated Christians asked the same question: would they make it out alive?

When people believe in God, it has the potential to change them for the better. They begin to treat others well. But Christians are also human. They can act just like everyone else. And when they do, West is right. There is no church in the wild.

The stakes in our stories matter. Set the stage of your story with conflict, then run your characters through the gauntlet. Explore their strengths and weaknesses. Make the reader wonder if they’ll make it out alive.

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About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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5 Responses to No Church in the Wild

  1. patriciacarroll says:

    Good post – although disturbing. Sad time for our nation. BUT it is when things get really bad, persecution, that the real church thrives. Souls and nations are won on the blood of the martyrs. So take heart. The worse things get, the brighter we who are alive in Christ, will shine.

  2. Lynne Gentry says:

    Thriving in the face of adversity is very interesting to me. Well said, Patty.

  3. Julie Marx says:

    Great post, Lynne. And I agree with Patty. Little happens while we’re comfy and cozy.

  4. Jane Thornton says:

    Sure does make you think. Thanks, Lynne. I also find it interesting that you were listening to Kanye/Jay-Z – not your usual, is it?

  5. Lynne Gentry says:

    Jane … I get around more than you might think!!!!!

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