Writing heresy or living like Christ?

by Megan Flahive
Megan Flahive Lawless author feature

I remember seeing the call for writers to apply for Lawless in August. I’d missed my deadline to finish my book (well, my own deadline) by the end of July and I was feeling really listless. Why is this so hard? Do I even like this story anymore? And then, while wasting time scrolling Instagram, I saw the post: “Applications are now open for Lawless, a post-apocalyptic collection of short stories inspired by the book of Judges.”

Whoa. That’s super cool and really unique. I’d read that.

So, I submitted an application. Worst case, they say, “No, thank you,” and I’ll order it regardless, right? But then I got my acceptance. Now the pressure was really on: Am I gonna commit heresy here accidentally? I really don’t want to commit heresy. I want to honor the Lord with my words!

So I read and read and REread Judges, particularly Judges 9, the story of Abimelech. I tried to think of all the sci-fi/western shows I love: Firefly, Trigun, The Book of Eli, Godless, Cowboys, and Aliens. What would change if this story were set in one of those places?

I did research. Was there something in Judges 9 that I was missing in the text that would change everything by knowing it? And in all that reading and rereading, I noticed something I’d never seen before. I saw echoes of Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (ESV) Gen. 3:15 echoes throughout the Scripture, but again and again throughout Scripture is another echo. “Not yet.”

By pedigree, Abimelech could have been a good judge, but he held onto his power with a tight fist and murdered his family to secure it. He hamstrung his people, and they hated him for it.

And what do you know? In Thebez, where he’s about to burn to death a tower full of the people he was supposed to protect, he’s killed by an unnamed woman dropping a millstone on his head.

A bruise to the heel hurts, but a bruise to the head kills.

By God’s grace, I could see it all playing out before me: a brother who got away, a warning that this is not the savior you were hoping for, an unnamed woman with ruined feet crushing the head of the failed judge.

Not yet. Not yet.

By God’s grace, the story came easily. I was reminded that writing stories is something I love and that the act of writing is one of creation—one that can only vaguely mimic our Creator but can be used to bring him glory.

Spending time in Covenant with Jordan, Rian, and Gage reminded me (as we often repeat in my church) that we’re in the middle of a story that ends well. There are challenges, and it will seem impossible at times, but there is a happy ending coming.

The small worlds I can breathe life into during my time here are but a taste of the wonders of our Creator and the Savior we are waiting for again.


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Produced by The Company, Lawless features 14 short stories inspired by the biblical book of Judges, each written by an emerging Christian author.

Megan Flahive
Megan Flahive

Megan Flahive refused to take naps as a kid, so her preschool teachers taught her to read instead. As a lifelong learner, she has a love for travel, fairy tales, and food. She lives in Indiana, but her imagination takes her on innumerable adventures elsewhere. Follow Megan and her writing on Instagram at @meganiswriting_

Megan Flahive

Megan Flahive refused to take naps as a kid, so her preschool teachers taught her to read instead. As a lifelong learner, she has a love for travel, fairy tales, and food. She lives in Indiana, but her imagination takes her on innumerable adventures elsewhere. Follow Megan and her writing on Instagram at @meganiswriting_

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