Winning Man Back
The phrase “winning man back” perhaps betrays the fact that people are, in a sense, lost property. They are rebels on a rampage, but even a rebel belongs to somebody. Try as he may, one cannot efface the unmistakable markings of a being made in God’s image. He has, in a sense, “stolen” his life from God and given it to moral harlotry. He has left the One who made him. He has left the home where he belongs.
Malcolm Muggeridge, long Britain’s thorniest and most eloquent conscience, discussed this phenomenon during the fetal stages of his own conversion experience:
I have never wanted a God or feared a God or felt any necessity to invent one. Unfortunately, I am driven to the conclusion that God wants me. Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered, Family library, p. 45.