April 9th, 2017
In a glowing puff piece to Sherriff Adam Christianson in the Modesto Bee Dick Hagerty tarnished the Salvation Army’s well-earned reputation and showed that his heart and mind are not in league whatsoever with that organization. In his op-ed, he calls other human beings “crooks and low-lifes” not once, but twice.
What a Freudian slip!
It’s amazing that he is representing an organization that has as one of their missions the following:
Through cooperative arrangements with prison, probation, and parole officials throughout the country, The Salvation Army plays a growing role in prison rehabilitation and crime prevention. In some jurisdictions, prisoners are paroled to the direct custody of The Salvation Army. Services include Bible correspondence courses, prerelease job-training programs, and employment opportunities in cooperation with parole personnel, material aid, and spiritual guidance to both prisoners and their families.”
In no way, shape or form, does the Salvation Army subscribe to the belief that people should be culled into a group they consider “crooks and low lifes”. Quite the opposite – actually – the Salvation Army believes in the redemptive power of God and their organization. Since 1865 they have changed the lives of millions.
Mark 12:41-44New International Version (NIV)
The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”