A Christian Writer
“This is what was written in the letter which King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the religious leader, the writer, who had much learning in the Laws of the Lord and His Laws for Israel” (Ezra 7.11 NLT).
The term “Christian writer” is a well-known and often used description in today’s culture. Adding the proper adjective, “Christian,” before any noun, distinguishes that word as separate, distinct and special somehow. We like to use this modifier when using certain terms to set them a part, like “Christian movies,” “Christian music,” “Christian literature,” and “Christian counseling.” There should be a marked difference within the movie, song, book and/or counselor that makes the effort to highlight its difference necessary. King Artaxerxes called Ezra a “writer,” but with that term he added a very special description: “who had much learning in the Laws of the Lord and His Laws for Israel.” There should be imprint of God’s law–to love God and to love others–when we add the label, “Christian,” to our lives (Matthew 22.37-39). Our thoughts, actions, relationships and creations should start with a love for God and His people, and that love will encourage us to continue “working out our salvation” by reading God’s Word, praying to Him and staying obedient to His Spirit. Replacing selfishness with a supernatural love that is only accomplished in the spirit will be the fastest and most lasting signifier that we are indeed Christ-followers.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2.12 ESV) (emphasis added).