Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat. There’s a character name in Called To Gobi, my End Times novel, of Andrew Foworthy. Foworthy? That’s an odd name, you might say. Where does it come from? Why did that crazy author [me] use such a name? I’m glad you asked! 😉 There’s a purpose and a lesson behind Andrew Foworthy’s name. Join me now to learn a little about the main character name in Called To Gobi.
A Story Behind Every Name
When I’m outlining a new novel, one of the most enjoyable tasks is coming up with unique and original (as possible) names for lead characters. Lesser characters don’t need as much of my attention. For them, I keep lists of male and female first names, and another list of last names, indexed by country of origin. When I use one, I cross it out permanently.
My stories consume me as I delve into a character’s psyche, so the lead protagonist becomes someone I know intimately. A main character’s name is given a lot of attention, and in every novel, that name has a story behind it. Andrew Foworthy is no exception.
Measured by Our Enemies
I came up with Andrew Foworthy’s last name from the old adage that goes something like, “Measure a man by his enemies.” If a man has really wicked people as enemies, then logic dictates the man must be worthy of such enemies. I.e., he must be a really great guy! But if a man’s enemies are good people, then the man must be evil.
In Called To Gobi, we can measure Andrew Foworthy by his enemies and discern exactly what kind of man he is. The Chinese military want to kill him. A wicked Kazakh sheepherder hates him. A selfish Mongolian neighbor tries to destroy Andrew’s herds.
Andrew Foworthy is worthy of all his foes. Why? Because he’s a born-again Christian. All the enemies he has are in direct conflict with the Spirit of God living in him. The enemies of the world are supposed to be against him because he’s not of this world.
A Principle for Us
Some of us try to please everyone, and sometimes that means we slip into moral compromise. We easily side against God’s judgements simply by trying to get along with the world’s ways, and even end up approving of sin! This shouldn’t be a Christian’s way, and if it is, repentance by faith will put us back in right order with God.
Of course, people aren’t our enemies. But sin and Satan are our enemies. We should walk worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1) and be found worthy of being called an enemy of God’s enemies. After all, when the Lord gave us a new heart, He also gave us His statutes/judgements by which we view the world (Ezekiel 36:27). Whatever God says is wrong, and what God says is right—we as Christians must side with God.
Are we worthy to be called enemies—foes—of evil? Read about Andrew Foworthy in Called To Gobi, now available at most retailers, and discover how to stand against the world.
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NOTE: Remember to pray for our nation and leaders during the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). See David Telbat’s past “Formula for Prayer” here.
COMING UP: Join us next time for two standalone short stories by D.I. Telbat: “Cautiously Sharing” and “Blind Man of Uganda,” both featuring Sarai, a secret evangelist. And in the following post, David has a Navy Seals Test for you!