A Man Interviewed From Prison Has A Message About Good Vs Bad That Everyone Should Read

February 9, 2016

A man serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, was recently interviewed by Humans of New York. What he said really struck a chord with me...

you can not do good and bad at the same time
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"I was a good student. I did football, karate, basketball, all sorts of activities. I never skipped school. I first sold drugs when I was twelve or thirteen. It wasn't a full time thing. Just whenever I needed money. My mom was raising four of us in a one-bedroom apartment, so we didn't have money for clothes. I just needed enough to keep people from focusing on me. Just enough to keep moving. But as I got older, it cost more and more to stay up. Girls came into the picture. I wanted to impress them. I started dealing more and more, and all the other activities faded out of my life. I tried to study nursing after high school. I paid my tuition with drug money. But I lost focus after two years and fell back on drug dealing. I thought I could be double-minded. But it's not possible. You can't do good and bad at the same time. The bad always wins. There's no such thing as Robin Hood. Nobody wants to hear that you're dealing drugs to feed your family. Prosecutor doesn't want to hear that. Society doesn't want to hear that. The system doesn't want to hear that. There's a verse in the Book of Ezekiel, I forget which one, but it talks about this. It says something like: 'If you do all good, and one bad, the good will not be mentioned.'"

The passage he mentions: "But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die." (Ezekiel 18:24)

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