HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Nov. 16, 2016-I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“Do you know what makes the prison disappear? Every deep, genuine affection. Being friends, being brothers, loving, that is what opens the prison, with supreme power, by some magic force. Without these one stays dead. But whatever affection is revived, there life revives.” — Vincent Van Gogh
With corporate prisons in America being packed tighter every day, people are constantly asking the question, in one way or another, how we can stop jail cells from consuming our sisters, brothers, daughters and sons. To me the answer seems simple. Only through affection, solidarity, respect, and love on every level from a personal to a national one will we ever begin to see, not only prisoners released, but a major decrease in people being imprisoned. To many this may sound like an over simplification of the solution, but not only is it what God tells us we should do, cities and nations have fallen for the lack of love and affection shown for the struggling, for the down trodden, and for prisoners.
In warning, God speaks of the sins of Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49, saying this:
“This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”
The city of Sodom was an affluent one with more substance than they needed to survive yet when the time came to assist the lowest of their people, they did nothing. Not only does this apply to us on a national and worldwide level but a personal one as well. Never should we be so prideful or prosperous that we don’t stop to listen to the imprisoned, to pray with them, and speak with God about how best to aid in their struggle.
The “Broken Windows” policies of Giuliani’s New York in the 90s, the three decade drug war of Richard Nixon, the ongoing killing of innocent men and women in the streets of America — we have embraced an iron fist and all but done away with love in our system. This mindset is in direct opposition of God’s will. Let us always take the time to cultivate a spirit of solidarity, acceptance, and love, especially amongs the imprisoned and those in need, and pray our “leaders” will do the same.
Today’s Action: Examine how you treat those in your own life. Do you fully embrace a spirit of love, solidarity, and genuine affection like Van Gohn speaks of? Are there times and places in your life that you feel you could do more?
Today’s Sharing: Share the story of a time when you could feel that spirit of love and affection in your own life. Remembering how you were uplifted by this spirit of solidarity can help you further develop your own ability to cultivate it between yourself and others that may need your help. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
** Don’t forget your gratitude journal at the back of your print edition of Holy Heretic!
To learn more about becoming a member of the Fellowship of Heretics and receiving our print daily devotional guide each month, visithttp://www.mercyjunction.org/fellowship-of-heretics