How did he come to know God, in today's Strait's Times it said:
"He credits his turnaround to a prison warden, who introduced him to Christianity while he was serving a 5 1/2-year sentence for possession of drugs in 1998. That was his last brush with the law."Another famous person you might know is Nelson Mandela.
I would quote from "Prisoners Of Our Thoughts", pp 40-41:
"The day that Mandela was being released from prison on Robben Island, Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, was watching the news. He quickly called his wife and daughter and said, "You must see this, it is historical." As Mandela stepped out, Clinton saw a flush of anger on his face as he looked at the people watching; then it disappeared.In both cases, it was become of some unnamed person who had managed to start a Bible Study in prison.
Later, when Clinton was president of the United States and Mandela was president of South Africa, the two leaders met and Clinton told about his observation during Mandela's release from prison. And, because Mandela had always been a model of reconciliation with no spirit of revenge or negativism, President Clinton candidly asked him for an explanation of what seemed to have occurred on that historic day.
President Mandela replied, "Yes, you are right. When I was in prison, the son of a guard started a Bible Study and I attended;... and that day when I stepped out of prison and looked at the people observing, a flush of anger hit me with the thought that they had robbed me of 27 years.
Then the Spirit of Jesus said to me, 'Nelson, while you were in prison you were free, now that you are free, don't become their prisoner.'"
We will never know their names until we stand in heaven. It goes to show that Christ does change lives through ordinary people like you and I. We may never get credit for it, but its effect can change a person, a group, a company, and in Nelson Mandela's case, even an entire country.
The next thought that comes to mind are schools. Recently there has been a brouhaha about proselytizing Christianity in schools and in hospitals. I have not come to an opinion yet on this issue.
However I do have a question
Do we have to wait until children are of legal age and in prison before we can tell them of Christ?
I hope not.
Some parents think that "religion" should not be taught to children until they are adults. They want them to make the decision themselves. I agree. Everyone must make their own decision to follow Christ. God has no grandchildren.
However, as CS Lewis said, do we wait until the weeds have grown all over our garden before pulling them out?
Introduce them to Christ, don't let the weeds grow in their hearts. It's easier to prevent them from growing in the first place than to pull them out when the roots have taken ground in their hearts.
No matter what a government rules however, I do know this: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)