Unfortunately, some seemingly good resources can be hiding places for those who would prey on the broken and exploited.
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When I got off the streets and off dope, I learned of this man who had been in the heavens who chose to be a homeless being, who was judged for His work.
I had heard of a God who was condemning. I knew I was going to burn in Hell for all my wickedness. I was full of shame and guilt.
Loving others is an act of obedience, but we cannot trick God. He alone sees our hearts.
Years later, as I reflect on my growth, I value myself as many things. From addict to child of God, I am human with as much value as any other.
Like the nation of Israel, we are each called to the mountain of God, but few are willing to pass through the darkness to get there.
Genuine love and compassion, the kind that truly come from Christ and are imaged in us to a broken world, view every human being as treasured and precious.
When we encounter those who need this Gospel, yet have been cast down by life over and over again, are we offering them freedom?
Experiences define our perceptions of who God is as well as what our purpose is on this planet.
My neck bone and tater patroness, however, never forgot me and never asked for anything from me...