Donald James Parker

Donald James Parker is a rebel with a cause and is the author of nine novels, seven of which he considers culture-flash fiction. His goal is to promote God's kingdom and tear down strongholds of the enemy while he provides entertainment. He writes for The Christian Pulse, Examiner.Com, and The ebooks of all his novels are available for free download from his website at All of Don's books promote sexual purity, but two are especially focused on that topic - Love Waits and Homeless Like Me. The novels that attack the theory of human evolution include More Than Dust in the Wind, All the Voices of the Wind, and All the Fury of the Wind. Reforming the Potter's Clay is an attack on the occult. All the Stillness of the Wind is a spiritual odyssey which spotlights cheap grace and lukewarm living.

Pride and Prejudice 2010

I thought I’d deviate from my normal column, which provides information on how to self-publish. I haven’t been on my soapbox for a while, and I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms from the lack of rarified air down in the rut I’m stuck in. So I thought I’d throw out a four-letter word in hopes to generate some buzz in the world of Christian fiction. Are you ready for it? Here is comes!


Are you disappointed? Did you expect the typical profane offering that once was verboten even in secular literature?

As Christians, our focus should be on what pleases God. I have a feeling that the ramifications of the word snob bother the Lord a passel more than the use of vulgar terminology dealing with body functions, etcetera. Wikipedia says, “A snob is someone who adopts the worldview of snobbery—that some people are inherently inferior to him or her for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, taste, beauty, and et cetera. Often, the form of snobbery reflects the snob’s personal attributes. For example, a common snobbery of the affluent is the belief that wealth is either the cause or result of superiority, or both, and a common snobbery of the physically attractive is that beauty is paramount.”

The King James Version of the Bible does not mention the word snob, but the word pride is used fifty-one times, which gives us a clue that God is not happy with those who have an inflated view of themselves and a deflated view of others. Even the secular world understands the dangers of snobbery. Confucius said, “A man all wrapped up in himself makes very small package.” But what does snobbery have to do with Christian fiction and self-publishing? I'm glad you asked!

We need to face facts. Life on earth is extremely competitive. Evolutionists would explain this jungle as the survival of the fittest. I employ 1 John 2:16 to describe what it truly is: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (NASB). We sometimes attempt to build our own self-esteem, and subsequently power, in the name of excellence. Authors, even Christian ones, are not immune to the gravitational-like pull of success. Along with the beautiful sister of “accomplishment,” often trails the ugly stepsister christened “snobbery.”

Self-published authors don’t have to seek the fangs of publishing prejudice. The first question most newly published writers get from other authors and some readers is “Who is your publisher?” Many of the traditionally published authors look down their noses at someone who published their own book. The snobbery can even be carried out on multiple planes. An author who is published by traditional publisher A might consider himself or herself superior to an author picked up by traditional publisher B. In the secular world, that is not surprising. In the world of Christian fiction, the snob factor is thinly veneered with a coating of piety, and some may deny it exists. I beg to differ, and I am exhorting all who truly serve the Lord Jesus to examine themselves and ensure that their motivation is pure and holy in all things, even attitudes about literature.

Is this article intended to be an indictment of all Christian authors? Heaven forbid. There are a plethora of established authors who go out of their way to help struggling writers to master the craft and gain a toehold on the first rung of success. However, I’m sure that some of them would never suggest that their protégés abandon the quest for the holy grail and accept second-class citizenship by resorting to self-publishing. I would recommend they do the math. Take the number of titles published and divide by the number of authors trying to get published. It is blatantly evident that not everyone who types “The End” on a manuscript can get published by following the recipe of write, query, study the craft, rewrite, and requery, with all the steps being

completed as many times as necessary until success ensues. Some people will labor in vain, despite the fact that their writing may surpass traditionally published authors.

The bottom line is that God desires that we serve Him in unity. Our focus should be on doing His will. I can in no way understand how the current literary caste system fits into His plans. I’m convinced that true maturity brings the attitude that a book can only be accurately judged in the light of God’s value system. God may have spoken to many to reveal His desires to the world through the written word. Whether that material is birthed in a lowly stable in Bethlehem or the Taj Mahal should make no difference to us.

If an attitude of snobbery serves as a stumbling block for one whom God has commissioned to bring a message to the world, the owners of that attitude will find a sticky wicket come judgment day when every idle word and thought is played back to them. I truly believe we are in the last days, and that God is pouring out His Spirit upon His children. We need to respond and not indulge in ego-feeding frenzies and petty elitism. Thomas Aquinas wrote some of the most respected material in Christendom, yet after he had a spiritual experience in which Jesus spoke to him, he refused to dictate any more to his scribe. His explanation was “I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me.” I think we all need to be cognizant that our written or spoken words, even the most inspirational in nature and eloquent in form, are empty in comparison to eternal truths. If Thomas Aquinas could come to a point when his writing seemed like straw, how much more fodder would a fluffy romance or mystery be?

What is my goal in writing this? He who has ears to hear, let him hear. I exhort my brethren to jettison the mental dividing of books into traditionally published and self-published and to instead embrace the pigeonholing of novels into categories of God- inspired and man-inspired. Just as a man should not be judged according to whether he is white or black or red, books should be allowed to stand on their own merit and not be the victims of pride and prejudice to the point of perhaps hindering the propagation of God’s Word.


Love Waits