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As I come to know these fine people, they share with me more of their personal and sensitive stories. Their collective story is what I am trying to share with you as my way of breaking the stereotypical beliefs that exist. "Blog names" have occasionally been given to me by the person whose story I am telling. Names are never their actual names and wherever I can do so, I might use the opposite pronoun (his/her, etc.) just to help increase their privacy.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Between the Sin and The Cell

There's a mystery between the sin and the cell that we are ALL missing! 

Somewhere between the sin, that is to say, the inappropriate action of the man who sticks that needle in his neck or that woman who engages in that "date"

and

the human body's determination to vomit or burst forth with uncontrollable diarrhea if it doesn't get its "medicine" there is a process happening or an ingredient stirring that none of us, not theologians nor pastors, not medical people, nor law enforcement, nor government officials who create public policy are grasping.

What causes a beautiful, tall, slender, blonde and deeply devout Christian woman in her 20s who expresses her Faith through her Roman Catholic roots by attending Mass almost daily to push aside her Faith, even through tears, to allow the growth of bad injection abscesses and to "humiliate" herself multiple times in one night for the sake raising funds for the obtainment of her medicine?

Answer that question and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!
                                                            
What causes a once law-abiding man to take up shoplifting or home burglary for the sake of obtaining money for his medicine?

Answer that question and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!
                                                                     
What causes a woman to sacrifice her parental role and relationship with her newborn or any of her young children so as to stay in relationship with her medicine?                                                 

Answer that question and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!     

What causes a pastor to leave his pastorate for the safeguarding of his sin?

Answer that question and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!

Those Cells of the Human Body…

There are cells in the human body that tell the body how to digest food and how to have a bowel movement.  Other cells keep headaches from happening while other cells keep you feeling as though your skin is part of your body. 

When the body of the addicted human doesn't get its medicine, all those cells protest in the only way that each team of cells knows to do.  Digestion cells tell the body to vomit while other cells on that team protest with uncontrollable diarrhea.  Headache-control-cells give the order to do whatever is necessary to make the head explode.  Cells that hold the skin in place seemingly let go.

These cells are doing nothing wrong.  They are doing what they were created by God to do. Cells have no sense of morality nor measure to regulate themselves in such matters.  They are just doing what they do and responding to what they know and all are designed to do so by the One who created them.

So what is it that causes the human being who has been formed in the image of God to avoid these miserable experiences at the cost of their beauty, their children, their pastorate, profession, vocation, and reputation?

Answer that question and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!

What causes that man to flush a million dollar business, that nurse to give up her childhood dream of service to the sick and suffering?  What kind of pen gets into the hand of the architect who redraws the design of his dream for the sake of his syringe?  What causes the honors student or high school star athlete to risk jail and STDs for the intake of their medicine?

What makes so many of them endure sub-zero damp temperatures under a bridge so as to stay in the neighborhood near their blue packets of white powder?

What makes a man or woman willing to endure body cavity checks and other humiliations of incarceration for the sake of maintaining the opportunity in freedom to commit their sin?

Answer those questions and you'll be the first to identify what we're ALL missing between the sin and the cell!

There's a mystery between the sin and the cell that we are ALL missing! 

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