Mike Adams

And he just laid it all out for the preacher to hear. From the devil worship to the drugs he told his story to a pastor who refused to offer any condemnation. After he was finished spilling his guts and crying out for help, the pastor invited him to church that evening.

And he went.

I don’t have to tell you that Darrin made it back from New Hampshire alive. Otherwise, we would not have met this summer by a poolside in North Carolina. But I neglected to tell you that Darrin was soaking wet throughout our conversation because my friend Mike had just dunked him in the pool.

Just before Mike baptized Darrin he read a little statement from our born-again-again friend. The statement said that he never really thought during those lowest points of his life that God could have any love for - much less any use for - someone like him. But I think we all know how he is being used today.

It wasn’t really that long ago that Darrin’s neck and wrists and fingers with covered with satanic jewelry. But today a cross hangs around his neck as he goes walking through the world with a glowing smile upon his face.

I can’t help but wonder how many times conservative Christians like me see a man covered in tattoos wearing a cross and think to ourselves “why is he wearing that cross?” We do ourselves a great disservice when we fail to see God in the eyes of those who do not look or act or dress like we do.

I was glad I got up to go introduce myself so I could hear more from Darrin about his walk with God. Like countless others now hearing his wonderful story, I’m really happy that Darrin got up, too.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.