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Topic: White (10/29/09)
TITLE: A Letter from Home
By Colin Nielsen
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A pedophile can never change any more than the darkest black stain can be made into the purest white. Thatís what people say. Thatís what people think. I know this attitude is flawed, for many times I have seen the change first hand.
Youíre getting out on parole next week and I know you have doubts. You donít know what youíre going to do. I know you even doubt your own salvation. Please answer for me a few questions.
Is the blood of Jesus able to cover every sin? Is God able to accept any repentant sinner? Can anyoneís heart, although they be as night, be made as white as fresh snow driven by the late winterís breeze?
Intellectually, every believer must answer yes to all these questions. It is the final authority, and this is what you must believe.
Remember, I was there when you kneeled down in prayer with your mother and asked for Jesusí forgiveness in the visitorís hall. Because of what he has done for you, I know for sure your sins have been washed away. I canít tell you how proud of you I was to watch you surrender. It was a real highlight.
Your mother get on her knees almost every every night as she wept over you. It broke my heart. She prayed and begged and cried. I have to admit, some days our relationship was strained, especially when the congregation shunned her, gossiped about her, and spoke evil. She almost gave up. But her immense strength pulled her through. And now youíre saved.
My son, I know what Iím going to ask might seem strange. I want you to go back to our church. I wonít lie to you. Itís not going to be easy. But is anything worthwhile easy?
The others do not trust you. Some might not have anything to do with you. Others might violently oppose you at every turn. But please realize that people sometimes act only in fear, hurt, anger, and self-righteousness; and all these can lie hidden deep within the human heart like a fatal and putrid cancer, waiting to explode given the right circumstance. Sometimes not even the individual harboring these things know of their existence, nevertheless, I know that in a lot of people in the congregation these attitudes are present.
Please give this good thought. I know you think Iím crazy. You probably think that Iíve lost my mind. I make this request for two reasons.
1) You are not the only one who has this problem. Many suffer alone in silence and fear. Your return and proof of a changed life will give them hope that there is a way out.
2) What better person is there to protect the vulnerable than a former predator?
In time you will win their trust. And you will prove to be a most valuable asset.
When you get out, donít forget to hug you mother and do everything you can to help her. She, like me, loves you unconditionally.
And one final thought, when I look at you, I donít see a failure, I donít see an object of shame, and I donít see a predator. I see a son wearing the purest white garments and I love you more than you can possibly comprehend.
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