I met with an author today to go over a portion of a manuscript that she and I are working on together. We talked about whether we were speaking to a directly Christian audience or speaking more to a crossover audience. It’s not that the message needed to change either way–but the presentation might.
For a writer–knowing who you’re talking to is pretty important. When putting together a proposal, there’s always that section that needs to be clarified: intended audience. Usually there’s a secondary audience–sometimes even room to write in a tertiary audience. But that target audience matters.
Again, it’s not necessarily about changing your message depending on who’s reading your stuff–but the presentation might need to be reworked a little.
As our small group is making our way through 1 Peter, we stop to talk about the people Peter is talking to, the cultural expectations of that time, and Peter himself–his personality, his experience with Christ, his personal faith. And I’ve noticed that the picture gets clearer as the details come into focus.