The Claim


Shaking hands

This was the most important interview Martin Johansson would have in a long time, and it began promptly at 10 am.

Martin prepped all night, reading reports, sifting through thick files, and scanning the pile of books that never left the side of his favorite chair. He wanted each of his questions to be couched in proper and meaningful terms, but more importantly, his final observations had to be perfectly stated.

Today was his first day on the job. Today would determine whether or not all the years of education would pay off … or he’d be standing behind the counter at McDonald’s selling Big Macs and Mc Flurries to people half his age.

He glanced at the clock. Time was flying faster than he was. He’d already created two faint water stains on his grey slacks by wiping the sweat from his hands. His interview with the president today would either make or break his career.

Promptly at 10 o’clock there was a knock at Martin’s office door. He stood from behind his desk and in walked the president of the United States of America. The president extended his hand to Martin and smiled. One more time, Martin wiped his hands on his damp slacks and took the president’s hand. The two introduced themselves and took their respective chairs.

The 50 minute interview passed by faster than expected, but Martin felt he had more than an adequate idea of what to write. He walked the president to the door where two guards quickly assumed their positions on either side of the exiting guest.

Martin returned to his desk and flipped the page on his yellow legal pad. Picking up his pen, he pressed it against the paper.

“Dr Martin Johansson, Psychaitrist. It is my professional opinion that patient Sidney Cramer suffers from acute delusions caused by schizophrenia, believing himself to be the president of the United States of America.”

He set the pen to the side of his face and remembered something he learned the first day in medical school: Mental hospitals are full of people who think they are things which they are not. Reality is grounded, not in what a person professes, but in truth.

Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:22-23).

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