Learning Compassion From a Gang

From the Oregonian Newspaper:

Most (members of the Mongols biker gang) are homegrown Oregonians who “patched over” from other outlaw clubs and are in their 20s and 30s. Some have served time, and a few are ex-skinheads. In the club, they’ve found a new family of brothers.

Queen, the former undercover agent, said the bond is genuine. He recalled returning from his mother’s funeral and getting virtual silence from his ATF colleagues; Mongols met him with bone-crushing hugs and tears. (20 April 2008, by Bryan Denson). To read entire article go to Police fear violence as outlaw bikers move to Oregon.

I wonder how many churches might learn from this fierce loyalty and compassion displayed by the Mongols? Churches and children’s ministry teams that learn to treat each other as family will express this kind of support, whatever circumstances might be at play. It is the kind of thing that moves ministry teams past the benchmark of efficiency into the realm of authenticity and family care. Suddenly, we become freed to be real with each other as human beings, rather than only relating as ministry peers, or worse, ignoring each other or behaving as adversaries.

Update: In case some of you are wondering, I am not advocating gang activity with this post. I am simply pointing out the irony that in some gangs there can be found warm care for each other, while in some churches there can be found hostility or lack of concern for each other. It makes you wonder.

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