My parental rights were terminated completely, without a lawyer representing me, by a judge who was later found to appear biased and embroiled in my case, and with no evidence presented against me by a disinterested party. No one even claimed I was addicted to substances such as alcohol or drugs.
Okay, I admit, I struggle with a mean caffeine addiction. I am mostly in recovery. I allow myself to eat chocolate, but not to drink coffee.
Now I am plagued by another addiction. I can’t stop reading The Left Behind Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. I’m reading a book every two or three days. I stay up til all hours, even as late as 11 p.m., gripped by every page.
This morning, before I left for my office, I finished the last 50 pages of Apollyon. There was a line that made me laugh out loud.
The series is a fiction of end times written by Christian authors. Some real Christians may differ about how they think prophesy will go down. They can argue pre-trib/post-trib. I don’t hazard a guess on that one. The Jenkins-LaHayes version of the judgments may be too literal, or off on the details. I give them poetic license and keep reading.
The story follows a core group of people left behind after Jesus raptures true believers to Heaven. Not everyone left behind is reprehensible. Some are. Some are more like you probably see yourself, (unless you are a true believer who has accepted the free gift of salvation through the sacrifice of the perfect lamb of God).
None of the characters so far are lawyers. Bummer. Many are politicians. Many are journalists. Buck is a renegade journalist. I relate to him.
Buck was getting a ride from the mid-east to Chicago from Abdullah Smith in an Egyptian fighter plane. After the rapture there was World War III, a world wide earthquake that devastated everywhere, and a one world power led by the anti-Christ. People used what they had available.
The ride was white knuckle for Buck. He was nauseous and uncomfortable and thought Abdullah was a rude driver, showing a kind of road rage in the air. Abdullah was definitely a new convert to Christianity. Salvation is different from sanctification. Abdullah was still a little rough.
This line made me laugh: “Buck wondered what Abdullah did before becoming a believer. Maybe he’d been a terrorist.”
Funny, but true. Even terrorists can be saved. I keep hoping. Maybe someone out there who knew who hid my file, or had evidence of a bribe given, or was told to change testimony on a transcript, came to the Lord after being privy to the corruption. It is possible that Alan Friedenthal himself will have a conversion experience and decide to repent and make restitution for the damages he caused.
I can pray.