The Left Behind series became an instant classic when it hit the shelves with Book One back in 1995, and since that time, I have read the series twice and am now working through my third run. My wife did not grow up in a Christian home, and when she asked me if I could suggest any good fiction novels for her to read, this series was the first to pop into my mind (needless to say, Amish romances were the last). So now as we read through the books together, I cannot help but remember all of the spiritual thoughts that these books of fiction had stimulated in my mind.
Left Behind, the first book in the series, digs its claws into the reader immediately as it basically opens with the mysterious disappearance of millions of people worldwide (including even all the babies in the womb). I had always heard of the Rapture growing up in church, but had never really sat down to consider its implication until Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye put their imaginations on paper. What pleased me the most was to read of Buck’s conversion in the restroom and to really see the Gospel of Jesus Christ laid out. The depression that fills the lives of the Steele family after the loss of the mother and son opens up to the reader the pain that inevitably come for those left behind when Christ someday captures His Bride to Himself. While the possibility of conversion for those who had heard the Good News before the Rapture is debatable, the story line that these two authors have developed is enthralling and the books are very difficult to put down.
My wife told me that after reading Left Behind she felt all the more need to witness to her family. On their website, the authors themselves divulge how that more than three thousand people have written them to say that, through this series of books, these people have found their way to Christ. Such a testimony is truly the only thing that matters in the long run, for while the fictionalized story of those left behind is exciting, it must be our prayer and effort to see that no one we know will be left behind.
© 2011 E.T.