Welcome, Reading Friend! This is David Telbat with some thoughts of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, even when we were once sinful, deplorable people.
Survivors in the Collapse of America
It is true that there are many wicked, despicable people in my new Book One of the Last Dawn Trilogy titled, Dawn of Affliction. From the depths of humanity, I brought out the most deplorable antagonists imaginable. They are criminals and predators and false teachers—all survivors in the collapse of America. What kind of dread was I hoping to portray? Actually, I wasn’t hoping for dread, but rather, I was hoping to show a specific contrast between God’s people and wicked people in the midst of such dread. Let me explain.
Remember Who We Once Were
I wrote Dawn of Affliction to show how Christians might possibly live in the worst situation that America could face, surrounded by the worst people who might plague those Christians. There are no proverbial rainbows and butterflies in this book. It is about strife and struggle and sin—but that’s not all it is about. The world is a sinful mess, yes, but beauty and tears of joy emerge when Christian men and women remember that they too were once lost—then they reach out to embrace the needy.
In the Footsteps of Jesus
It is easy to condemn others when we are on top of our social position—with money in the bank, and toys in the garage. But tragedy strikes sometimes to bring our attention to the spiritual reality that God wants us to face. We were once sinful and deplorable, but God’s truth opened our eyes and brought us to a place of right standing before His throne. It is now our work, in the footsteps of Jesus, to share the same message of the Cross with others who need that hope and deliverance.
In Dawn of Affliction, God’s people are not too shocked by the evil around them, and neither should we be shocked. After all, this is Satan’s realm until Christ reigns. Rather, let us use our time to shock evil-doers by showing them the real peace and love that awaits them, if they will see their need and believe in their Savior.
“Making the most of your time because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:16)
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Dawn of Affliction will be out the week after Christmas. Watch for that announcement on our book page!
COMING UP: Join us next time for, “Slaves + Wild Burros from Dawn of Affliction Research.” And for our following post, we will have our Dec 2018 Novel Update for you with David’s future plans.