Unquestionably, the most notable Christian theme in Directed Verdict is the idea that Christians may be forced to suffer persecution for their beliefs. The Reeds’ missionary work in Saudi Arabia puts them in constant danger, but they continue to work quietly to lead others to Christ until Charles dies and Sarah is expelled from the country. The theme of persecution is reinforced in the novel by depictions of the treatment evangelical Christians receive from the U.S. legal system, which Singer depicts as predisposed to deny them justice, especially when their moral stance puts them at odds with the perceived freedoms of other citizens.
A second major Christian theme is the requirement for toleration of others’ beliefs. The Reeds are able to convert Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Americans in Virginia through a combination of quiet example and gentle encouragement; they never coerce those with whom they speak but instead let Christ’s message speak for itself. There is no room for such toleration in the Muslim world as Singer portrays it; government agents resort to the most heinous and immoral tactics to guarantee there will be no challenge to Islam in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, Singer infuses the novel with a sense of recognition that the American government’s position of tolerance toward all forms of religious worship is far better than the intolerance practiced by the Saudi Arabian government.
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