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Standing In The Gap

Blameless and Forever Free Ministries believes that being “a part” of the Body of Christ requires all Christians to stand in the gap in order to bring healing and transformation delivered from transformation to the bruised and hurt residents inside our state prisons before they become our neighbor!

Standing In The Gap

I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone. Not one… (Ezekiel 22:30, MSG).

Is your faith true and strong enough to stand in the gap and bring healing in the Name of Love Himself?

Many of us profess our faith is deep and legit; yet, there is NO evidence of any fruit. Sitting in the pews every Sunday does not illustrate anything but religious mindsets filled with judgment, fear and condemnation.  

If we’ve been touched by the love of God, that LOVE cannot stay contained within.  This Great Love affair will burst forward with actions filled with tender mercies and gratuitous hearts that fully expose and radiate the fruit of our Spirit.

Where does our relationship with Jesus, the Love of the Father, fit in with all the deceit claiming that obedience is only required within the four walls of our congregations and its members?

God blesses each of us so we can be a blessing to others.

How can we say we are “a part” of the Body of Christ without standing in the gap to bring healing to the bruised and hurt lives without any action?  

How Few Workers!

When Jesus looked out over the crowds, His heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!“ He said to His disciples. “How few workers!  On your knees and pray for harvest hands!“ (Matthew 9:35-38, MSG).

Standing in the gap is defined as “to expose oneself for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender or supporter.”

95% of our incarcerated will be released from our prisons and soon become our neighbors.  We are commanded as believers to “love our neighbor as ourselves” and that means building relational communities that help bring healing, wholeness and rehabilitation into broken lives. 

That is, after all, what we call redemption. This is what being A PART of the Body of Christ is. 

Until next time…

Blameless and Forever Free Ministries and Chaplain Tammy believe by the time a crime is committed and a victim is harmed, the root causes of the crime may have occurred long ago. D.A. Kevin Barton

By The Time A Crime Is Committed And A Victim Is Harmed, The Root Causes Of The Crime May Have Occurred Long Ago! -D.A. Kevin Barton

By The Time A Crime Is Committed And A Victim Is Harmed, The Root Causes Of The Crime May Have Occurred Long Ago!

-D.A. Kevin Barton

We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against boys and men.

And our prisons are filled with wounded souls that need healing. This requires connection, community, compassion and safe places for healing to begin.

Ready or not, 95% of our incarcerated residents will be released as our neighbor!

Sexual Assault Against Boys Is A Crisis

It’s far more common than we think. Below are a couple of great articles shedding light as to why we don’t talk about it. It’s far more pervasive than we think.

Discussions regarding sexual violence against boys and men need not be uncomfortable and awkward, but it will require honest, open and transparent communications that require listening and engagement.

I share, taking 15 minutes of time invested in this reading will save souls, maybe even the lives of our own future children, their children and/or our grandchildren.

Sexual violence against boys is far more common than we think. And since Sundays seem to be the perfect day Blameless lays out and exposes hard issues, we’ll continue because our sons, grandsons and future generations, heck ALL BOYS and MEN for that matter, are invaluable members of the Body of Christ and when they’re being attacked, we need to have the courage to stand in the gap with them.

Jesus wants our eyes open through the lens of love and Sabbath days are perfect days to chew on tough matters. If we want to raise boys differently, we must start believing that they are equally capable of feeling pain AND doing violence.

Just reading these couple articles will help empower awareness and shed light to toxic stress, trauma, the reality of our dark culture, and open up a dialogue exposing behaviors of generational household dysfunction that would even think that hazing and bullying are acceptable behaviors, much less without also addressing violence against men and boys.

This is why Blameless and Forever Free Ministries is now adding the incarcerated families to our curriculum to work through some household dysfunctional issues with the residents at Folsom State Prison because there’s an intergenerational link tied to the revolving door of our lives that needs addressing and exposure to sever the strongholds.

After all, there is no shame in our game; Jesus is His Name! And in order to receive healing, we must name it and that requires intention.

The article below is from the Washington Post and it sheds so much light as to why we don’t want to talk about matters concerning boys and men in being sexually violated and how and why we need to engage in these tough questions and conversations.

👉 https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/02/22/why-we-dont-talk-about-sexual-violence-against-boys-why-we-should/?arc404=true

I only hope and pray you’ll take the time to look through the lens of trauma and compassion when looking at others that are different from us.

Until next time…

Blameless and Forever Free Ministries and Chaplain Tammy believe that love softens traumatic memories. Memories of being loved that we can access or create help us tolerate suffering. It all comes down to love.