While I have tried to make each of the books stand-alone enough to be read without the entire series, they are all linked and do refer to the previous novels and characters. As those of you that have read the entire series to-date know, the books paint a dystopian future from different viewpoints.
Maybe not so oddly, some of the ‘predictions’ in the early novels have come to pass in the last couple of years. This applies in particular on the political front. I say it's not so odd because, having lived long enough to see the various swings in mood in our country, it isn’t hard to determine where the pendulum of public opinion is going to end up. In the series, I blame a lot of the negativity on the agents of man’s greatest enemy. The fact is, we don’t need any help in that regard.
The bitterness and vitriol with which we act towards each other are often sickening to me. I am speaking directly to Christians now. There are Christian Democrats just as there are Christian Republicans and Christian Independents. Yet, we continue to loudly attack without a single thought as to what our words are doing. I am as guilty as anyone.
It doesn’t matter who you agree or disagree with. How are you supposed to act and feel toward that person? Are you willing to be judged by the same yardstick that you are judging them? That is exactly what the Bible says:
Matthew 7 (KJV)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Hear me, everyone, you will have to give an accounting of yourself, just as I will. How are you going to answer when you are asked why you said horrible things about someone? Let me tell you a secret, the last time I looked, there isn’t anywhere in the New Testament that we were called on to change the world through politics. Do you remember how we were told to change the world? Maybe this is another example of reality not being what you think.