Has anyone ever told you that you are the child of God? If so, did it make a difference in your life? My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the September 26, 2016 edition of Communities Digital News, shares two dramatic stories of violence averted through the understanding that each man and woman is the child of God. Here’s Eric:
All it took for Marcus to decide not to kill someone was to be reminded he was a child of God.
Marcus (not his real name) was an inmate in a Pennsylvania jail when my friend Dave met him. Dave was there to give a ministerial talk as a representative of the local Christian Science Church.
“After my talk, Marcus, a great big guy, came up to me and said, ’Man, you really messed me up,’ said Dave as we were having lunch a few weeks ago. “He said, ‘You were talking about what it means to be a child of God. That’s who I am.’ Then he said, ‘I want to tell you, before this talk, they brought a guy into the jail, and he and I have had this thing going on out on the street back and forth, and I said to myself, I’m going to kill him. Today’s the day. I don’t care what happens to me, we’re going to end this thing, right here, right now.’”
All Dave could do was keep listening.
“He said, ’And then for some reason I decided to come hear this stupid talk. And now I’ve got to go back to my cell, and I’ve got to think about myself as a child of God and what that means, and I’ve got to think about him that way too, don’t I?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, you do.’ By this time, tears were streaming down his face. He gave me a big bear hug and he says, ‘Thanks for messing me up, man.’”