Monday, June 11, 2018
And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:23,25
For two years, the agony of an Atlanta prison spilled out of its rock walls into grissly headlines. Organized crime reached through the gates; death struck swiftly and often.
Over a period of sixteen months, extending into 1977, inmates brutally murdered ten of their own. One was burned to death in his sleep; others were savagely slashed or beaten. Rape was commonplace. Prison officials tried to clamp down, but the terror continued; two thousand inmates lived in fear for their lives in an old steel-and-concrete complex designed for twelve hundred.
I (Chuck Colson) myself has once done time in prison, and I had later founded an organization called Prison Fellowship. I called the warden to offer our help. He quickly accepted and scheduled an in-prison seminar, including a speech by me, for the following month. I had no idea what to expect from the inmates. Tension built as the day approached. The summer of 1977 was especially hot, and the fierce sun baked the buildings day after day. The cellblocks, ventilated only by fans, were like furnaces. Most prison riots, I knew, erupted during such dog days.
The day I arrived to speak, walking through those penitentiary gates felt like walking through the gates of Hell. I was astonished – and more than a little uneasy – to learn that the Warden had decided to throw open the meeting to the entire prison population. As I walked through the maze of gates into the main corridor, I faced hundreds of curious eyes.
One of the Chaplain’s said, “Look, Chuck, things are bad. The men are really tense. Some dudes are expecting trouble here tonight.”
to be continued
How can a person experience freedom even though in prison?
Taken from from the book, Game Paln for Life, by Joe Gibbs; pp. 134-135
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