Christians are commanded to promote the welfare of everyone, including those who are in prison.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. (Hebrews 13:3)
Some think this command merely says we are to be concerned about prisoners in general and need to pray for them and enable them to hear the gospel. There are many Christian organizations dedicated to reaching prisoners with the gospel. Perhaps the best known of these is Prison Fellowship. This is certainly a legitimate application of this verse, but I don’t think it is what the author of Hebrews had in mind. When the New Testament was being written Christians often faced severe persecution and many were in prison because of their faith. This statement is a reminder not to forget them. Read the rest of this entry