**Look out - one of my various rants coming on...it's been building!
Let's start by getting it out of the way that NONE of us are perfect. None of us. We all have our individual issues and sins. Some of us struggle with addictions, some with gossiping, some with lying, some with adultery. A sin is a sin is a sin. None larger than the other in God's eyes. But I am going to focus on addictions today and how brave the men at John 3:16 are to openly share their struggles. Think about it - they walk around with T-shirts on saying "John 3:16 A Spirtual Bootcamp for Men with Addictions." How many of us would be willing to walk around in a T-shirt labeled "adulterer" or "liar"??? These men are to be commended in my opinion. I admire their strength and determination to get their lives back together and not have any shame about it. These men are able to leave the ministry and reach so many more people than those of us that haven't gone through what they have. The lost can relate to these men. I have so much I want to say and it is going to be so easy to get sidetracked.
I am really ticked off because someone, I don't know who, but someone wanted to see this ministry suffer. Apparently a law passed about two years that two felons cannot live under the same address in Arkansas. UNLESS, they are in a state run facility. John 3:16 is not a state run facility. Why? Because when you bring in the state, you cannot teach Jesus. It's like public school, you can't even say his name, much less TEACH about him. John 3:16 will never be state run. So, they might as well give up that battle!! Let's look at some facts...state run rehabs on average have a 15% success rate. That's NOT much especially when you consider how many people go to these rehabs. John 3:16 has an over 80% success rate. Why? Because they teach JESUS!!! These men are not in 12 step programs. They are in the Bible!! Fact - the state run rehabs have a majority of residents who have been sent there by the courts. The people are there to get out of trouble. Most (not all) are counting down their 49 days or so until they can leave. If all an addict wants is to get out of trouble with the court, then state run is the place to go because it is a short stay AND the court recognizes it. In comparison, John 3:16 is a minimum 6 month stay that can last up to a year. If you just wanna "get out of trouble", are you going to give up a minimum of 6 months of your life? Chances are no...these men are here trying to CHANGE their life. Fact: You cannot even serve community service hours for a church or public school. If you can't serve community service for a church, then do you think you can talk about Jesus in a state rehab? NO! Fact: In a state run rehab or AA meeting, the men have to stand up and say "My name is K. I am 35 years old. I am an alcoholic and a sorry s.o.b." At John 3:16, they say, "My name is K. I am 35 years old, and I've got a home in Gloryland that outshines the sun." See the difference??? Now, state run facilities, your percentages MIGHT go up if you would STOP beating these men down - making them feel like deadbeats and nobodies and start building them up. Give them something to live for...oh wait, you can't talk about Jesus, so what are you going to give them? Well, Praise God there is a place called John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte, Arkansas. Shame on you state for taking men from that safe place that was NOT costing the taxpayers one red cent and putting them somewhere else where the taxpayers would have to pay for them instead. Shame on you state for being so caught up in money and trying to overtake something that WORKS for these men that you forgot about the humans involved. The lives that are affected. The families that are affected. Shame on you for being jealous of the success rate of John 3:16 ministries. Here is an idea...try taking something else from them...take some ideas from them....take a little Jesus from them. Because you NEED it! We all need Jesus - through Him anything is possible!