#SafetyPin — Where Did All The Safe Places Go?

I was reading an article after our recent election that had to do with people wearing a #SafetyPin. This trend started in England with the aftermath of the June 23 vote to leave the European Union. Many in Britain were struggling with the decision and the #SafetyPin movement was started. Wearing this pin became a sign to others that either they feel their safety threatened or they wanted people who feel unsafe to know they are safe with them. What I know is this: people are looking for peace and safety. 

I was reminded of a boy who lived his life in a manner that was not pleasing to his father, his brother, or even the government and their rules. This boy had “wasted his substance in riotous living.” In fact, he had such indifference that Jesus Christ painted this boy in the worst possible light, and then told his story to people who were not willing to allow people like this boy to come to a “safe place” where they could change. However, the Lord Jesus Christ wanted to see him, and others, come to safety.

Where is the Safety?

I believe many in our nation are in such a place. They have reached a place of degradation where they feel safety nowhere. They feel threatened (whether the perception is true or not) and they are rioting and responding with more vile actions that will only lead to greater insecurities and failures. 

The boy in this story above finally came to himself. He began to think back to a “safe place” that reminded him that even the hired servants had it better than he did at that current time. One insider in this story said to the boy’s brother when he came home, “And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.” (Luke 15:27)

Our souls seek safe places. We are attracted to people we trust. We look for people who will accept us for who we are and teach us what we need to be. I have traveled to hundreds of churches in the last 16 years. I know some churches tend to have a rigid agenda, pretenses, and pride that cause others to think they would not be safe or accepted there. Sadly, I am convinced they are right – there is no safety there! But I can tell you that this is not the norm. Many of these churches have started a recovery program called RU. (rurecovery.com) This program has helped churches communicate safety and welcome people who look for safety. People are finding permanent acceptance and security that comes from God and the help of the local church. 

Safe Places Require Confidence

Safe places require confidence. At this program, you will be told, “What’s said in this room stays in this room”. I have seen many people find security and safety in a group, participate in the RU curriculum, and allow God to transform their lives. They then use their story (testimonies) to encourage others.

Those who provide this safe environment at RU seek first to listen and understand. There is no rush to judgment, but there is a rash of love! You will be heard – they want to hear what you’re thinking and why you’re thinking it – and together you can open your minds and hearts to the Truth that will make you free…finally! You can find that “safe place” for which you are searching. Look for a program near you at rurecovery.com.

Find your #SafetyPin

Did you find “safety” at an RU program? Like this blog and share your story here and on facebook!

Perhaps many will like and share this article and testify of what God has done for them.

God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

2 thoughts on “#SafetyPin — Where Did All The Safe Places Go?

  1. Hi Bro. Burks,
    I am a life that was changed by RU. You may not remember me but I was in the ladies’ home in 2007-2008. I will always be grateful for you and Wendy. I have a blog where I am sharing about RU.
    Blessings to you and your family and to the RU ministry!
    Julie Heath

  2. Dear Brother Burks,
    I enjoyed this article and it is so true about safe places. Even though I have been blessed to have never suffered from addiction, God has given me such a burden for those suffering from addiction. I have been praying for some of them for many years. Many are children of parents who are members of our church and this is in a rural area of WV, so I know it is epidemic. I became familiar with RU through your wife Wendy coming to speak at a Ladies Conference at another church an hour north of my home in WV. I have shared some of your resources with the parents and those struggling with addiction, and one young man even came to your program. He didn’t make it through and returned to drugs for awhile but is now clean and being mentored by a solid, sold out man in our church. I have researched recovery and rehab programs all over the nation trying to help these families who are affected by addiction and find ones that are Biblical, and I believe RU is the best. God’s Word is truly the best weapon any of us have fighting temptation of any kind, and I know RU teaches that. I am sure you know you have a rare jewel in Wendy. She has such a gift for speaking the truth in love and is so authentic and transparent when she speaks. I had mentioned to her I had a son who was a pastor at Timberlake Baptist and to my surprise found that was your home church. They just had a 10 year anniversary ceremony for him last month, and I got to meet your lovely parents. They were both so kind and full of the love of Jesus. Praying the Lord will continue to strengthen you and Wendy and others at RU. Chris Ferrell

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