Bringing the inside, outside the prison wall.

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Bringing the inside, outside the prison wall.
Our effectiveness in the public can improve if we rethink the scientific, social, legal, and ethical ways of an issue instead of trying to articulate our case on Scripture alone. Christians should develop effective ways to communicate biblical morality to our secular culture. I envision all humans becoming totally aware of themselves and the oneness of a world within the spiritual body. Once this is understood, all life forms will experience love and respect, for all.

Submitted: February 14, 2020

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Bringing the inside-outside the prison walls.

The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe”. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html. When someone speaks about jail or prison; the first thing that comes to mind is, what happens, was anyone hurt, a bad person, criminals, crimes or perhaps punishment. But, how many of you know that the bible was written by mostly free thinkers and so-called criminals, who were incarcerated. That’s correct, they were prisoners. During Paul’s imprisonment he wrote, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. https://www.gotquestions.org/prison-epistles.html.  Many biblical writer’s experienced periods of imprisonment such as, Joseph, Samson, Jeremiah, Micaiah, Zedekiah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Peter, James, John, Silas, Paul, Epaphras, Aristarchus, Junia, and even Jesus himself, who was held in custody between his arrest and execution, and then, in death. http://restorativejustice.org/10fulltext/marshall-christopher.-prison-prisoners-and-the-bible.pdf.  The number of people that are incarcerated in the  USA is greater than any other country in the world. Why? Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie I(2018) By Peter Wagner and Wendy Sawyer (March 14, 2018) Press release

The functionalist perspective sees these well-oiled palms as a norm. They believe crime and deviance are unavoidable and necessary for a society. Crime shows other members of the society what is right and wrong. Social consent dictates right from wrong. According to functionalist crime leads to social change because it proves to the people that the government does not overly control the citizens. Crime can also help create jobs. Law enforcement officers, psychiatrists, and probation officers depend on prisons to make a living. Too much crime also causes a loss of harmony and eventually the society will collapse. https://www.thoughtco.com/functionalist-perspect. Functionalists see criminal recidivism as a deviance from the norms and values of the society is a specific form of it.

The Conflict perspective on social change; studies how the social system itself creates conflict, and tension. Criminal justice serves the unfair delivery of power in society. Powerful groups maintain their position of power. The diagram offers some clarity by piecing together this country’s unfair systems of confinement. These people are really oiling their palms with money, while people are industrialized in prisons. They realize that an organized group control the law and what happens with the life of people. Poor, uneducated, minorities and higher offenses have fewer options. They face longer and harder sentences than someone powerful or wealthy.

 Symbolic Interactionist Theory sees racism as the most important factor. They view social interactions with others is how we develop prejudice and discrimination. From association, we practice labeling differences among groups and societies. Labeling races by color sets a negative feeling if the term black is used it has negative meanings such as blackball. Whereas, white set thought of purity.

An answer to a Christian response to social problems is found in Hebrews 13:3 ESV. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Christian ways to become an agent of change in transformation is stated in Matthew 25:35-46. For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?

 Christian perspectives on social change look at biblical principles that apply to the area of the body the sacredness, human life, equality of human beings, marriage, sexual ethics and sexual immorality in the prison system. Our effectiveness in the public can improve if we rethink the scientific, social, legal, and ethical ways of an issue instead of trying to articulate our case on Scripture alone. Christians should develop effective ways to communicate biblical morality to our secular culture. https://probe.org/christian-worldview-and-social-issues/. Christians must remember that God is sovereign. As the Sovereign over the nations, He bestows power on whom He wishes (Dan. 4:17), and He can turn the heart of a king wherever He wishes (Prov.21:1).

Perhaps, there’s a need to slow down the privileges’ private institutions have. Such as targeting the prisoners they want. Communities say no to building facilities within your jurisdiction. Create new laws that avoid imprisonment for lesser crimes, such as, nonviolent cases, traffic, drugs, prostitution,  and theft. Make federal financing available to poverty communities. Bring vipassana for peace, sustainability as we enter a new era outside technology, hypnosis to renew, focus and manifest desires, life, and spirit coaching to know who you are and where you are going, into the facilities.

To be effective here will call for a social movement. In this case, I agree with Social activist Emma Goldman, “No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution. Revolution is but thought carried into action.” Proactive social movements can promote social change for the prison population. Also, it will create and changing the law to alter a social condition that has become intolerable or counter to the more global social norms.

To conclude, there are many organizations fighting to resolve the massive growing prison population in America. I envision all humans becoming totally aware of themselves and the oneness of a world within the spiritual body. Once this is understood, all life forms will experience love and respect, for all.

 

 

Referance

Ashley Crossman. (January 29,2019).  One of the Major Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

https://www.thoughtco.com/functionalist-perspective-3026625

Dr. Christopher D. Marshall, (n.d.) Tyndale Graduate School of Theology, Auckland

http://restorativejustice.org/10fulltext/marshall-christopher.-prison-prisoners-and-the-bible.pdf

Gabriel ?ica, Prof. Ph.D. Maria Roth, & Zach Sewell. (January 3, 2013). Social Factors Prisoners in theBible, by Influencing Criminal Recidivism file:///C:/Users/YG_%231300/OneDrive/easywayinc/expert%20Gabriela%20TIMI%C5%9E_tica_gabriel__rez_en_2014-05-28_10_16_23%20(1).pdf

The German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe”.

http://restorativejustice.org/10fulltext/marshall-christopher.-prison-prisoners-and-the-bible.pdf

Peter Wagner & Wendy Sawyer, (March 14, 2018), Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie Press Release

Graph. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html

Tukua Nga, Kia Marama, Ai Matamata. (June 2002).Prison, Prisoners, and the Bible PrisonPrisoners and the Bible http://restorativejustice.org/10fulltext/marshall-christopher.-prison-prisoners-and-the-bible

 


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