HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Nov. 9, 2016-I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“No one truly knows a nation until they’ve been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.” -Nelson Mandela
Regardless of how you voted, or didn’t, in last night’s national election, it’s no secret that when we woke up this morning we would still have a long way to go as human beings as a whole, and inhabitants of the planet Earth, in making our societies and the world at large a safe place for us all to live our lives to the best of our abilities. This is doubly so for those of us who have actively been oppressed, persecuted, tyrannized, and looked down upon for centuries in our nation and world. Nelson Mandela, the famous South African revolutionary, philanthropist, and politician, once said that nations should be judged by how they treat those people that have been pushed down and maltreated instead of by the treatment of the wealthy and affluent. Spending 27 years of his life in prison for attempting to overthrow a dictatorial and totalitarian government, even after being elected president in 1994, Mandela spent most his life seeing himself and his people being subjugated and suppressed.
Mandela’s ideals on the treatment of the oppressed can be brought down to a personal level in our own lives. We, personally, should be judged by how we treat those who have been broken, beaten down, or subdued and not by how we treat those in our lives who have “something to offer.” Specifically those imprisoned, regardless if they are imprisoned by mental and emotional health issues, by a governing system that does not seem to care about them, or by very literal bars of iron. After all, Hebrew 13:3 tells us to do just that, as we are to remember those in prison as if we were in prison with them, and those who are mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering.
Today’s Action: Help someone who has been broken today. It doesn’t have to be someone whose ideas or actions you agree with. There are a lot of down trodden people in our world today, looking for someone of something to believe in. Do what you can to help them see a common and understanding human spirit given to us by a caring and loving God.
Today’s Sharing: Share your own stories of a time when you have been in the depths of despair, or pushed down, or even imprisoned, when God uplifted you and presented you with a way out of, or just a better way of dealing with, your situation. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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