Dave, thanks for joining the conversation. It’s almost a guarantee that if we live long enough, life will throw people unexpected challenges and cause visceral emotions to rise to the surface. But it’s best to be in control of our emotions (not subject to them), as well as what we do with those emotions. And channeling your anger into your writing is a constructive approach.
You used some pretty powerful words in your response, “I want them to feel the weight of their sins.” That’s some pretty heavy writing. It sounds way beyond my pay grade as a human being, if you get what I’m saying.
Even though I’m a laid back kind of guy, not passive or detached, but I’ve found it never to be a good thing to push people to the point of anger. Once they’re angry it’s rare that they’ll give ear to what I have to say, no matter how valid my points may be. And that does more harm than good to not only my cause, but to my own reputation as well. Don’t talk to Clay about x. He’s a hot head. An extremist. Then it’s harder for me to win them over because they don’t want to listen to me.
And that’s not good.
You’re wise to have concerns about how your writing can affect those who are undecided. Trust me, if you write with a disregard for making people angry, it will be more than evident in your writing. One of the beauties of writing is that it leaves room for the reader to fill in the blanks, but this is also one its limitations. Instead of giving the undecided reasons to fill in the blanks with misdirected anger, perhaps writing with the intent to expand their understanding might be a better goal.
Write with the intention of reaching a specific audience. Write strong. Write hard. Write to inform and educate. But write in love. They’ll hear you. And so will many others.
The world needs “bastards” like you on the front line, if I may quote you. Haha! But even on the front lines, it’s best to be a bastard who commands respect.
Keep writing. And thanks for reaching out.