Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
Hot Topics... Gangs
There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!
Luke 15:7 (NLT)
God sets the solitary in families...
Psalm 68:6 (NKJV)
I can't criticize people who join gangs. When I was younger, I longed to belong. It's a matter of what's available.

In my school and neighborhood, it was cliques, clubs and snobby social groups. I was neither popular or pretty. No one was vying for my attention.

I could have chosen various dead ends... if they offered me a place to find friends. In hindsight, I think loneliness helped me.

Today, gangs can be homes away from home. They seem to provide perks and protection that disconnected kids believe they need...

Regardless of the violence they see. Because TV makes violence look cool, and in some neighborhoods, it's all they know.

So what can Christians do for gang members?

1) Become savvier and non-judgmental.
2) Find a church that reaches inner cities.
3) Learn how best to help someone who wants out.
4) Get involved with kids before the gangs do.
5) You're part of the best gang. Spread God's Good News.

## Hot Topics... Gangs (Part 29)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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