Article appeared in Lighthouse News - September 2012 issue:
All people are born into a lineage. For some, their heritage is steeped in cultural practices and an adherence to customs which define their legacy and belief. For others, they may have a very fine thread of understanding, perhaps limited to something as simple as an acknowledgement of their race. Regardless, beliefs and cultural practices may give us a sense of family and home (a connection and belonging), but belief alone cannot define us in relationship with God. Only faith can do this. So how do we recognize faith when paired with hereditary belief? Oftentimes our personal journey and testimony of the intimate reconciliation with our Lord, through Christ, paints the best picture:
Jeff is in his 3rd quarter of the residential portion of our Academy program. For more than two decades, Jeff struggled with an addiction to heroin. His choice to use drugs divided himself from his family. Jeff was raised with an adherence to Sikh traditions, so his actions were in direct conflict with his heritage. He was ostracized from...