Joined: June 2011
|On weekends, I spend time with some guys that have recently come out of prison, helping them adjust to being out.|
One of them spent 18 years in prison, the other 12 years between county jail and prison. Going in, they were violent drug and alcohol abusers, and the first was also a drug dealer.
In prison, they accepted Christ, immersed themselves in the Word of God, and have changed dramatically! They are kind, loving, hard working, and dependable guys deeply ashamed of their histories and grateful for the smallest blessing or kindness. Im humbled by them, trust them more than many other people I know, and honored to have them as friends.
Their personal relationships with God through the power of Jesus Christ has had an amazing effect on their relationships, values, and their lives. They tell me that phonies and hypocrites are quickly exposed in prison.
I want to comment on this because it is personal. I knew a guy who became Christian in prison. Everyone on our street, very few of them Christians (as this is middle class London) knew what he had done but they were pleasant to him and prepared to give him a chance to show he had turned over a new leaf. He found work as a painter and decorator.
He was actively involved in his Church, and I do not doubt that he found purpose and acceptance there. Unfortunately, it was not enough, as he eventually committed suicide.
It is unlikely that this story is rare. I would expect to find that ex-criminals who have been in prison are far more likely to both become Christian and kill themselves.
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