I responded, "I'm not trying to get a message across. I'm privileged to contribute to the ongoing conversation, in literary form, of what it means to be human."
The story world - the place where fiction resides - is specially equipped for these conversations. It's a place where we are able to connect out thinking to action through characters and situations that, while fiction, are part of the everyday fabric of who we are and how we became to be this way.
When I gave this response, the person reacted jittery and said, "But don't you write Christian fiction?"
Yes and no. All fiction is spiritual - written out of the paradigm of the author's beliefs (and, hopefully, out of the author's wrestling with those beliefs). And yes, each story has a point, something the author hopes you see and wonder about and ponder along with - but because of the nature of fiction, we, the reader, are allowed to take the meaning and message of the story and do what we will with it.
I'm reading The Help right now, a story about two maids and a young white woman in the 1960s who work together on a book that will prove dangerous to all of them. On the surface it's a novel about civil rights in the southern US (and it is), but it's also a book about women. Our perceived role in society, how we are allowed or disallowed to function. And how difficult it is to change those perceptions It's about how we all have the ability to change all stereotypes and social judgements, if only we decide to. If only we are willing to pay the price for doing it.
How does the author manage to discuss these weighty matters? She doesn't. Instead she does something far more effective - she tells a story. She shows us these intangibles at work though the lives of characters, living out the facts of life in front of us. We are invited into the larger conversation through the avenue of story. Is it a books with message?
No. It's a book with a meaning, and the message is yours to discover, interpret, discuss, and live out.
I bid you good writing.