In response to my WND column The Tyranny of Socialization, I received an email from a pastor that told an incredible anecdote. I asked permission to post his email here.
Dear Mrs. Lewis:
While reading your article entitled "The tyranny of socialization" it brought back vivid memories of a particular incident that I will never forget.
I am a Baptist minister and have been pastor of the same church for over 15 years. I preached in the Kentucky prison system for a little more than 18 years. Some years ago I was counseling with a young black inmate that was soon to be released from the minimum security "adjustment center" (we have been discouraged from referring to them as prisons for many years) where he had spent 2 years of his life. He was a pleasant and likable young man. I was trying to encourage him and convince him that he did not want to return to a place like the "adjustment center." The young man smiled at me and said....
"Bro. Berry, I don’t mean to sound disrespectful and I know what you are trying to tell me, but in all reality this place is no worse than the high school I use to attend in Louisville."
Not knowing how to respond to that, I had prayer with him and wished him all the best. He had already been socialized.
Pastor Don Berry