Matthew 25 puts it simply and gracefully: 35 For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye
visited me: I WAS IN PRISON and YE CAME UNTO ME. 37 Then shall the
righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?
or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and
took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee
sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer
and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, INASMUCH AS YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ONE
OF THE LEAST OF MY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME.
DesNews, you pick up a topic for which society has more room for improvement
than it does with many of our other social issues, one that is being somewhat
overlooked. Too often, prisons are primarily geared for punishment, not
rehabilitation.Terra Nova quotes a good scripture, but could also
have quoted from Luke 15, where the shepherd leaves the ninety and nine and goes
after the lost sheep. Perhaps, we should be more intent on restoring the lost to
the fold of society.Perhaps, then, instead of ignoring and shunning
these people, we should be reaching out to them like we reach out to none other.
(I know there might be a degree of hypocrisy in my words, for I have never once
visited the Draper prison.)We've all heard of the studies of
how babies develop better when they are nurtured and loved. Do we suppose such a
principle doesn't apply to adults? If love is the most important ingredient
for changing lives -- and it is -- then if we are serious about rehabilitating
these people, we must offer them love. Love the prisoner, or face him again.