8/4/10 Kelly, 59 and Bill, about 50
Today at the park I talked to two men, both Catholic, and as far as I could tell one is a believer and one was not. Kelly, an African-American prison guard, is very secure in his faith in Jesus as his hope for salvation. He reads his Bible regularly and shares his faith at the prison where he works, but has seen many prisoners profess faith only to turn back to drugs, gangs, and crime once they got out of prison. Bill, on the other hand, attends his Catholic church but was caught up in the idea that his religious activities made him a good person, somehow earning his way to heaven. When I helped him see his guilt by the standard of the Ten Commandments and God's love and mercy in Jesus, Bill responded with joy. He said, "It seems like I've heard this in church, but it didn't make sense. Thank you, you've given me a lot to think about today".