Faith vs. Fear?
Faith the Fear!
“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength…” 2 Timothy 4:16-17 NLT
Inmates! When you think of this infamous title, what comes to mind? Losers? Prisoners? Convicts? Rejects deserving punishment?
Better yet, what comes to mind when you hear of excessive force being used by correctional officers along with inmates’ Constitutional rights being violated?
Who cares? Hmmmm…
Anyone that knows me or has been following my blog for even a little while knows about my 110% complete devotion and support for ALL of our men and women in blue who have taken an oath and who selflessly sacrifice their lives to help protect and serve their communities.
Okay. Well, most of them anyways… There’s always going to be a rotten apple in the barrel that infects and spoils the good ones. Enough said! I was married to a dirty cop so I know how that story goes…
That one bad apple didn’t stop me from going through the law enforcement chaplaincy academy after the fact and even serving as a chaplain for the past seven years, nor did being a victim of heinous crimes myself hinder my advocacy work and passion for the rejected and unloved.
But when a beloved son finds himself in mayhem, I became sandwiched between our justice system and this corrupted force by witnessing firsthand violation after violation causing pain and turmoil to this mama’s child and others by the COs (correctional officers) not following the laws and the rules demanded by our U.S. Constitution.
Where’s the love in this world anymore? We have become bullies hiding behind the power given to us through lack of governance, social media and our computer screens. We have become fixated and thrive on corruption and crime and “colluding” and even become energized by real-life drama. Talk about egotistical people without a moral compass.
When our three-year-olds are more familiar with the word “collude” instead of “loved,” we need to take a step back and examine how we are allowing the actions of others to influence our lives. This includes how we utilize social media to peek, watch, stalk, gossip and even “date others" which is nothing more hazardous than to one’s “selfie.”
What happened to the meeting of minds face to face and loving our neighbors as ourselves? Would you protect yourself by letting another brother be blamed for the fall? If a child was getting hurt, would you intervene to protect them or would you click Facebook first and turn your video on and record instead of protecting them?
Every person is a child to some mother or father, so…
What if this person was sitting in county jail awaiting trial; considered innocent until proven guilty, right? Here he's hurt, harassed, hazed, and even refused his Constitutional rights. He's put into a cell with another human's feces on the walls.
Would you just ignore the inhumane discrimination because inmates are considered "losers" in jail or would you stand up for their rights and scream awareness against those who are abusing and usurping their authoritative powers?
This is frightening to come up against, but my God commands we work for justice. Just because someone is in jail does not mean they're dehumanized or any less of a Beloved. God loves us all just the way we are, mistakes and all. These inmates have to do the time for their crimes, but between overcrowding, inhumane conditions, and being subjected to excessive force violates their Constitutional rights and must be stopped.
What happens when you find yourself in the middle of Corruption versus Dedication? Justice versus Usurping Authority? Commitment versus Constitution? Innocence versus Injustice? Faith versus Fear?
I want to preface that I still stand behind law enforcement knowing full well there's plenty of rotten apples, but when you find yourself having to go against some of those you once believed in and supported, the betrayal leaves you mad as hell with a passionate pursuit to end all this physical, emotional and spiritual harm.
I had no idea advocacy meant I would find myself right smack in the middle of an exposed corruption ring within our correctional facilities through excessive force and inhumane conditions while a beloved child was at the core of just a minuscule part of it.
Between healing from surgery and going through further treatment alongside of this corruption case, writing is going to be sporadic and take a backseat as I fulfill my duties being a mom and an inmate advocate and making sure justice prevails. There's a mama's heart that would love to react with my cast-iron horns fully emerged while spewing out flaming arrows, but...
I don't know what emulating my Lord looks like exactly because each day there's a new violation and I haven't always reacted in a positive, loving manner with the COs with all of these emotions. When your child is under the umbrella of abuse and injustice and his Constitutional rights have been violated again and again, you better believe I'm going to Faith the Fear boldly and courageously! And I do not care WHO YOU ARE!
I am choosing to love my son mirroring the words penned from Paul in 2 Timothy 4:16-17. I want him to feel the love of the Lord alongside of him through support, encouragement, visitation, phone calls, unconditional love and especially being an advocate demanding his due rights so he knows he's not alone.
Someone has to stand up for these inmates. The system is slow and corrupt and families and friends dwindle away real quick.
I firmly believe hope replaces discouragement while trust overcomes doubt because my God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20). That's being His hands and feet!
Until next time...
Thank You For Being Beautiful You!