“The true meaning of Christmas gets lost when we believe contrary worldviews,” the prisoner writes. “Our beliefs determine our views in a world where absolutes are fading away.” The prisoner is dictating this for his newsletter.
Come-to-Jesus (or -Allah) experiences abound in prisons, so it’s always wise to take conversion stories with a grain of salt. Most of us will look for certain signs: Is the guilty man able to articulate his repentance in something other than self-serving terms? With God’s help I have been able to forgive myself just doesn’t cut it. Also, has the guilty man embraced the justice meted out by the court system? Or does his conversion conveniently coincide with an appeal? Furthermore, is the guilty man faithful, both in his confession and his conduct, and for how long?
This will be the prisoner’s 38th Christmas behind bars. In 1975 he became a Christian, and in 1980 he founded Abounding Love Ministries, preaching the Gospel on the inside and sharing his faith through books and his monthly newsletter.
“If justice would’ve been served, I would’ve gotten the death penalty,” says the prisoner. “I hope that in no way have I ever given the impression that I blame anything on my parents or drugs . . . I take full responsibility.”
Over the years, the prisoner has received...