I want to be clear and straightforward. I am not condoning any crime but rather stating the facts. We are not born with any titles or labels, whether positive or negative. We obtain them from broken and toxic environments within our homes. Therefore, we are not exempt from any adverse experiences or negative reactions. Our stories contain moments we rarely share, primarily because of fear and shame. If we fail to recognize, address, and heal our past pain and trauma, it may be a matter of time before we also end up physically incarcerated. There is not much difference between the population in the prisons and all of us who live outside of those walls and steel doors because many of us are trapped in emotional prisons. It is our punishment for not recognizing and being proactive in our healing.
The current rehabilitation approach has failed, as evidenced by the revolving door of the prison system. Placing criminals behind bars and hoping they learn a lesson by losing their freedom is not the answer. Because when the inmates serve their sentence and reenter society, we receive the same or worse version of the person we initially incarcerated.
We must adopt and commit to urgently and diligently implementing a new approach to prevent this pattern. The only solution is to, first and foremost, acknowledge our childhood trauma. Second, we must assist all human beings, regardless of their criminal history, with an opportunity to address all the areas they need to heal.
Interestingly, the concert videos captured the pain, tears, remorse, and a noticeable desire to receive forgiveness and salvation. None of us has a story free from mistakes and sin. I know mine has its share of both, not to mention the lengthy list of loved ones hurt by my choices and behavior.
Thankfully, once I accepted responsibility for my actions, God rescued me. He opened the doors of the emotional prison that had been my dwelling place for too long. Only our omnipresent God knows and understands all we have endured. He wants to remind us that we are redeemed, saved by grace, worthy of forgiveness, and loved unconditionally. Even though a prisoner may never walk free, God will deliver them from their emotional prison. Once we heal, we understand that the only thing that matters is that we are who the Almighty God says we are.