Last week I learned that a man I had been writing to for a little more
year, had sold seventeen of my letters to an autograph collector. The
in turn, was offering them on eBay.
I've been through situations like this before, and
it always hurts.
But there's nothing new under the
sun. Because so many people are greedy and selfish ,these things will happen.
This individual, Paul, is about my
age. He has three grown kids, one of whom has been struggling with a drug addiction problem.
I don't remember the circumstances
in which Paul first wrote to me. As a Christian I had responded to him in kindness. I also tried
to share the gospel with Paul, as well as encourage him whenever
He seemed like a nice guy. Of course people know how to be nice when they want
something. Just ask Eve, and I'm sure she'd tell you that the serpent whoultimately deceived her was just as nice.
Now I see that a man whom I thought
was my friend, was a Judas. Obviously he had another agenda. Paul really wanted to get letters from
me, and then sell them when he felt that the time was right.
I suppose, too, that every Christian
has at least one Judas in his life. I've already known a dozen!
But for me this has been yet another "live and learn"
I have already forgiven Paul in my
heart. I will continue to pray for him and his family. They are lost without the Lord, even if none
of them know it.
As Jesus said so well, "For what
is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
I pray that, wherever he is, Paul is thinking about
February 27, 2004
(c) 2004 David Berkowitz