...the condescending, supercilious responses coming from some so-called Christians to this woman's blog and ACFW list post/preface, which read as follows: I do believe we have a lot of quality writers in this organization. With the post below, I'd like to challenge at least a handful of you to seriously consider branching out to the mainstream (or "crossover" at the very least) market. Why? Because the standards are generally higher, because it's a way to be recognized in the larger writing world, and though you won't be able to give a "plan of salvation," you can certainly leave marks of beauty in your work and whiffs of a hopeful worldview, and our world desperately needs that.
If I were still in ACFW, I would have left it TODAY after seeing some of the responses to this simple statement. It's not pleasant, apparently, to have one's cage rattled with too much of the truth. But there are no words scathing enough for the treatment some ACFW members are giving this woman for speaking aloud the fact that their emperor's been naked for some time. When you simply don't want to face that, you tell someone they're "insulting" you. Yeah. That makes your side right.
That's why I like being a Catholic so much. I don't feel entitled to hold onto so much damned self-righteousness and spiritual superiority that I can wield like a weapon to "keep someone in line." OTOH, these so-called "Christians" are so smug about being "on God's side" that they don't know the truth when it walks up and smacks 'em across the eyes.
Examinations of conscience before the sacrament of Penance are great antidotes for this type of thing. Unfortunately, most of these folks would have no use for THAT, either.