… as evidenced in this story from last Monday’s Columbus Dispatch, in which 19 inmates at the Marion Correctional Institution were baptized as Christians. The power of faith is clearly evident in the story of Charles Jones, who is nearing the end of a 25-year sentence for murder, aggravated robbery, and assault:
“You know, I’ve done a lot of dirt in my life,” he said, “and I’m going to do the right thing and be the right person I wanted to be, not for the cameras, but for God,” Charles said. “I had a heart attack, and he pulled me out of it.”
When the Pharisees asked Jesus’ disciples why he ate with tax collectors and sinners, he said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:11-13, with quote from Hosea 6:6).
When people take responsibility for their own lives, they find freedom.