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In her job as a criminal defense investigator, Michelle Brown, a Master of Theology student at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, frequently visits prisons to speak with inmates about their cases. Although her job prevents her from freely speaking about her faith, the nature of these conversations often gravitates toward matters of religion and belief.
During a recent visit, Brown spoke with a man who, despite the time he had already devoted to reading the Bible, had no significant understanding of the person of Jesus Christ.
The inmate shared that he prays to God every night, and that he had already read from Genesis to Esther. He then revealed some details about his life, particularly pertaining to the criminal case at hand.
“He, like most defendants, ‘didn’t do it,’ referring to the crime he is being incarcerated for and allegedly committed,” Brown says. “As he speaks, I get this visual of him being in a cell known as general population where he shares a pod with eight other males. He has a Bible at his bunk. [I’m] visualizing the great difficulty he may have with peace and being able to spend time alone with God. It has to be impossible.”
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