Sinner and Freedom of Speech

Just finished Dekker’s latest book, Sinner. This close (or beginning?) to the mind-bending Paradise novels was as good as ever, ranking at the top of my favorites list. While maybe not as gripping as previous books, Sinner was a breath of fresh air in contrast to Showdown‘s darker feel. It’s still suspenseful and dramatic, but it’s a celebration&a celebration of the fact that the light has come to dispel darkness. But it’s also a sobering, engaging read because the story of Sinner may soon be our own.

A world with an increasing cry for tolerance is, ironically, increasingly intolerant of those who disagree with their worldview. Dekker’s envisioned future where vocalizing one’s faith qualifies as a hate crime may be right on our doorstep. Recently, a UN bill combating the “defamation of religions” was again recently rejected, but a few manufactured events (as in Sinner) could easily change the climate of opinions. With the coming of a president who shows disdain for those clinging to their “guns and religion,” we who follow the way of Jesus must be faithful to proclaim the kingdom of light, the One who was the Word made flesh.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:1-5.

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