Lost Sheep

by Victor Johnson
April 2010

Growing up as a person being raised by a single parent, I have had many struggles in my life.  One of the biggest struggles I have faced is rejection from churches because of the clothes that I wore.  I didn't have the nice suit and tie that the wealthier children and adults had, so I was rejected by the church community.  This rejection, mixed with the back-biting that happens still today in a lot of churches, is a huge reason why the numbers in the churches are down.

I was confronted by a young Christian brother who approached me nearly in tears.  He said that he had been rejected by the pastor of his church, because of the large amount of tattoos on his body.  He had them down his arm and on his neck.  This pastor told the young Christian brother about these blemishes to the body, and told him because he desecrated his body that he wasn't welcome in his church.

Since being incarcerated in June of 2006, I have learned more about true Christian faith than my whole 31 years of my life.  I grew up as a child in Utah as a Mormon, and I always knew about Christ, but I can truly say that I know Christ now more than I ever have.  The Holy Spirit is so much stronger in my life than it ever has been.  The Holy Spirit has also been eating at my soul to send this message out.  Christ wants sinners in the churches, not perfect people!  There was only one perfect man, and that man who sinned not was Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:12 says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye be judged, ye shall be judged:  And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."  These weren't some words from just some prophet.  These were the words from Jesus Christ himself, brothers and sisters!

How about the parable of the lost sheep?  Matthew 18:11-14 says (in Christ's words), "For the son of man is come to save that which is lost. How think ye?  If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them goeth astray, doeth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?  And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.  Even so it is not the will of your Father, which is in heaven , that one of these little ones should perish."

Brothers and sisters, we should not be losing the sheep of our community for foolish reasons.  These lost sheep (sinners) are the ones that you should be embracing the most!  We need our pastors and our communities to be working closer together to pull these sinners back into your churches.

James 5:20 says, "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."  If this is written in the word (The Lambs book of Life), then how come sinners are still being rejected and persecuted by the churches today?

You have the opportunity as Christians, whether you be pastors, preachers, deacons, reverends, you have a huge opportunity, or should I say duty, to get these sinners back into church.  You may not just be effecting their lives and souls, but also the lives and souls of their children, and their children's children.

I just recently wrote my testimony on forgiveness, and before that I wrote one called 'Free at Last.'  I hope that you also read the other two so that you can see where some of this testimony is coming from.  

I am also pleading to you once again to go back out to the community and find those Lost Sheep that you some how let slip through your fingers.  

The time is coming so much closer brothers and sisters!  Let's make sure that we leave no lost sheep astray.  Take it from a former lost sheep, we need your help to find our way home.  

God bless you brothers and sisters.

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by Victor Johnson

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