From the September, 2002 issue of Touchstone

Ministry to Prisoners by Patrick Henry Reardon

Ministry to Prisoners

A true Christian is no conformist. He remembers, rather, the exhortation of St. Paul: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Whereas the world encourages a lazy, unthinking acquiescence in its many cockeyed opinions and myriad half-cooked ideas, the gospel calls for a total transformation of the patterns and processes of our thought. It is no easy matter to love God “with the whole mind,” for the unregenerate mind is notoriously sluggish, and the clamor for worldly conformity is all around us.

Among the many ways in which Christians today are tempted to conform to the biases of secular society, I wonder if there is any so pervasiv . . .


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