I realize there are some people that simply just don’t get why Tracey and I go to the jail. For some the response is “Those people deserve to be there, they broke the law and that’s what they get.” What they don’t realize is we agree with them, for the most part. If you break the law then you pay the price it’s as simple as that no argument here. On the other hand my question would be “What about the grace of God? Do you think they don’t deserve that?”
You see God’s grace is undeserved, and yet we have received it, therefore want everyone else to have the same opportunity. We don’t have any delusions that we can solve all of the problems in our society or change the fact many will go in and out of jail repeatedly. What we do know though is if these men and women are simply locked up for their crimes only to be released back into society, without telling them about Jesus, there will be no significant change in them. You see, even though you will occasionally here the term “Rehabilitation” associated with jail and prison for the most part that isn’t what they are for. Granted they do allow many programs such as twelve step programs, anger management, church services etc. It is my belief the only way they are going to really come out of the lifestyle of crime is for them to meet Jesus Christ. Then they may come to see a life of crime only gets them more of the same which is jail and prison.
Another argument from detractors is “That’s just jailhouse religion, they’re not really changed.” Once again I can’t argue with that at all. Many of the men and women we meet know the Bible forward and backward and yet they continue to end up in jail. To me this isn’t so different from my own life either. I went to church all the time as a child and heard the Bible stories too. Tracey even told me “You always seemed to know the correct answer but you weren’t living it.” All I can say is none of us gain salvation or a heart change simply by knowing the Bible. It is only when, like Peter, we proclaim for ourselves “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” that we are transformed.
One of the many things said about Jesus was “He eats with publicans and sinners” He really is a friend of sinners and I thank God for that. I am so thankful he said, “He came for the sick, the well have no need of a doctor.” He came to “seek and save the lost” and he is still doing that today whether it’s in jail, prison, nursing home, grocery store, church building, workplace etc. At this point in our lives God has us placed in jail and prison and we tell them the same thing we tell any that are willing to listen and that is God loves you. He gave his son for you that you might have life everlasting and fellowship with him. For me I can’t see how anyone calling themselves a Christian could be against others hearing about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us on the cross no matter where they are.
Written by Louie