Very funny sometimes you chaplains and ministers have no ides of how folks have been before, You think you can be all holier than thou and you wonder why we dint bother with the church. Hypocrites the lot of you
Anonymous, thanks for dropping by. Truly sorry you feel like that. For the following reasons: (1) No, we don't know where "folks have been before" and that works both ways. We are all humans swimming through the treacle and it's not easy. Slightly in our defence, though, I've got to say that I do spend most of my time listening to prisoners telling their stories (entirely voluntarily) so that they can tell me where they have "been before".(2) We certainly don't think of ourselves as "holier than thou" or anything approaching it. Far from it. There is a real Them And Us culture in prisons. The screws and the cons, etc.. Chaplains, as a matter of principle, don't see themselves as any better than prisoners. We are all sinners in need of God's forgiveness, and once forgiven are equal brothers and sisters in God's family. A hypocrite is someone who doesn't practise what they preach. Whilst I proclaim Jesus and the example that He sets, I don't EVER even begin to claim that I've made a fabby job of living up to it over the 31 years I've been a Christian. It's my ideal. That doesn't make me a hypocrite.I'd be happy to continue this either publicly here or you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
It always raises a smile.
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