Monday, November 13, 2006
Jesus in Jail
When I was younger I ended up going to prison 4 times, all very short periods, I also had time in a probation hostel, which is like a half way house, you have a curfew and if you break it you go back to prison. This happened to me once when I got drunk and missed a bus home…
The thing that surprised me most about prison was how normal every body was; yeah you have a few nutters and a few gangsters, but most people in prison are as normal as me and you.....
I used to go to art class with a murderer he was a lovely man, the problem was one night he got drunk, got in a fight, punched someone and killed him, they said it was pre-meditated so he got life. You know what, he was kind, he was kind to me.
I was handcuffed to a hard core bank robber once, they caught him with a sawn off shot gun in the car, we had Christmas dinner together with a few other hoodlums in a police station, you know what he was kind, he was kind to me.
I had a friend who was in for stabbing someone, he wasn’t drunk, he told me he didn’t need to he just had anger issues, he used to walk around the exercise yard with me and get me decent prison uniform, he was kind.
One guy I knew, he’s dead now, used to always look out for me because I was friends with his brother, I used to hear him shouting out his cell window at night from the other wing “is Brian okay?” he was a drugs dealer, the drugs killed him in the end, but to me he was kind.
It sounds a bit weird, I am in no way justifying their crimes, and neither did they, but these guys were all kind.
We have to be careful we don’t start thinking that Christians are the only kind people in the world.
Darwin was wrong, I don’t think we live in a world where the fittest survive, I have seen loads of weak people survive on others kindness. I have.
To be Christ like we must be kind, did I see Christ in these men?
at 12:12 AM