Columbia Street Baptist Church
Take a minute and think about this quote from the article below:
"By succumbing to a culture of fear and believing in the power of government or money to solve all social problems, we have left unattended a ticking time bomb that is touching the lives of us all and threatens our way of life."

In what ways do you see us as a ccountry giving in to this culture of fear, and how can we help put an end to it? Check out Dr. Moody's thoughts in the article below, and then let us know what you think.

 

business-piggy-bank.jpg In our Utopian vision of "heaven on earth", America, referred to in more irreverent circles as "Incarceration Nation", has built county, state and federal corrections into a huge growth industry fully backed by bureaucrats, lobbyists and tens of millions of self-righteous bloggers. With one in every hundred citizens incarcerated at a cost of upwards of $60,000 per year each, "Tough-on-Crime" has created political careers, job security and the Patriot Act without a single shot being fired.

That is, until the Supreme Court ruled in 2011 to force California to reduce its prison population to 110,000 by releasing 33,000 inmates over 2 years.[1] Two years later, the shell game having shifted to now-overcrowded county jails and private prisons yielding super returns on invested capital, the problem was declared solved by Gov. Jerry Brown[2]. "Not so fast, Governor!" ... 



[1] Don Thompson, Supreme Court Upholds Order for California to Cut Prison Population, Huffington Post, 5/23/2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/23/supreme-court-orders-cali_n_865503.html 

[2] Wyatt Buchanan & Egelko, Jerry Brown Says Prison Emergency Over, SFGATE, 01/08/2013. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jerry-Brown-says-prison-emergency-over-4177497.php 

 

Read the rest of the article here.  

 

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Columbia Street Baptist Church

63 Columbia St.

Bangor, ME 04401

 Stanmoody1@aol.com 

945-6616

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Columbia Street Baptist Church is located in downtown Bangor, Maine.  Our mission is to share the resources of Christ in downtown Bangor and beyond! Check out our website, csbcbangor.org, to learn more about what's up in downtown Bangor. 
 Columbia Street Baptist  Church 
63 Columbia Street 
Bangor, ME 04401
207-945-6616 
November 2014 
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Let My People Go!
by Dr. Stan Moody
Dr. Moody's Book Let My People Go! Following Jesus into our Jails and Prisons is available on Amazon in a number of formats.

"Let My People Go is a twelve-step invitation to our American church culture to examine what we are supposed to be doing as Christians, what we are doing, and whether what we are doing is standing in the way of what we are supposed to be doing."