The content of all writing samples and exemplars must be compatible with the beliefs and purposes of the scriptures and CEG’s Pledge and Statement of Faith and must be the work of the person submitting it.
CEG’s mission is to teach and encourage God’s people how to operate as Christians in the secular world of entertainment and to assist each other with the “renewal of minds.” (Romans 12:1-2) We are in the world but not of it. (John 17:14-16) We encourage our members to throw off secular culture and its norms and to be “salt and light” in all that we do. (Matt. 5:13-16)
We feel a Christian’s work product should honor God. “God honoring” does not mean that all our work must only have a spiritual message. While we encourage followers of Jesus to be bold in expressing their faith in films, fiction writing, music and other entertainment projects, the directive to “honor God” is to live a righteous life and be God fearing in the act of creation. It’s perfectly acceptable to tell a story that is a “slice of life” drama or a comedy that isn’t “religious” at all. The Creator of the universe made us creative beings! We honor Him in creating, but we must do so not only with excellence (“as unto the Lord” Col. 3:23) but to reflect Christ’s righteousness and the true nature of who He is. The scriptures are full of stories of sin, sinners, and conflict. However, the Bible does not glorify evil but glorifies God. At CEG we want God to see our organizational work and our member’s creative product and say “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:16-23) We believe this will happen if we glorify whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Philippians 4:8
We are also warned in the scriptures that we are to walk as “children of light” and we are to expose sin but that it is shameful to even discuss certain evil things, but foremost to seek the Lord’s will in our life and in our writing.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us…
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord. Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself…Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5: 1, 8-13
CEG seeks to promote Christian family-friendly content, or content that would be appropriate to discuss in an adult Sunday School class, therefore here are some guiding principles we ask that you consider as you create your work and present your work for discussion to our group:
* As Christians we should certainly exercise caution and discernment when considering the inclusion of profanity in our stories and projects. Is the profanity necessary to portray the true nature of who Christ is? If not, then no profanity
* As Christians we should certainly exercise caution and discernment when considering the inclusion of sexual content. Is the sexual content necessary to portray the true nature of who Christ is? If not, then no sexually explicit content or imagery or gratuitous references to sexuality or non-Biblical sexuality.
* As Christians we should exercise caution and discernment when considering the inclusion of excessive violence . Is the violence necessary to portray true nature of who Christ is? If not then, no violence (gunshots, gore).
* As Christians we should exercise caution and discernment when approaching the horror genre. Does the project specifically portray how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit overcome evil? Is the horror necessary to the portrayal of the true nature of Christ? If not then, no excessive horror (monsters, demons, scary images)
* No blasphemy (dishonoring the name of God or Jesus)
* Honesty and respect in the protection of authorship of materials or ideas.
If your work does not conform to these guidelines and deemed inappropriate, it will not qualify for submission or discussion.
The foregoing guidelines are not all inclusive and may be modified from time to time. If you have questions or concerns about these topics, please discuss privately in advance with the CEG leadership.