The 700 Club with Pat Robertson


Munday Martin: God and the Gutter Punk

By William Wiegman and Jeremy Callahan
The 700 Club

Original Air Date: December 24, 2010"One of my favorite movies growing up as a child was The Christmas Carol. I just loved that movie. I would rent it from the video store even if wasn’t Christmas, 'cause I just love it. It’s the story of redemption. It’s the story of a guy who’s just as mean as could be, totally lost, but then he gets a second chance."

By the time he was 21, Munday Martin was in desperate need of his own second chance.

"That was the stage in my life when I was the most depressed, the most miserable and I just didn’t know how to get out of that," he tells The 700 Club.

Munday had spent most of his youth searching for an identity.

"In my teen years, I sought to try to fit in to the church I was going to, the school I was going to. I just was such a creative person. I loved my own individuality.  I was kind of the weirdo of the bunch, the freak, people would even call me that.

Being the odd-man out was difficult for Munday, and he did whatever he could to escape that reality.

"I started using drugs and alcohol at the age of 15, and marijuana was like a gateway drug that led to me experimenting with many other drugs. I tell you what, if we didn’t have money to buy pot or LSD, we would find household chemicals.  You’d always wake up with a terrible headache and a terrible feeling in your heart like, 'What’s happening to me and why am I doing this to myself?'"

In addition to drugs and alcohol, Munday also became addicted to the punk rock music scene and eventually became what they called a “gutter punk.”

"Basically, a gutter punk is someone whose lifestyle is one of just getting drunk and blitzed out of your mind all the time.  A lot of times, the cold hard facts and truth would just stare me down in the face and say 'what is going on with you?'”

But that cold, hard truth wasn’t enough to help Munday kick his self-destructive habits. In fact, his addiction and depression grew worse.

"At the age of 21, I actually walked in on my girlfriend cheating on me and my heart was just devastated. Everything that I was hoping for that would bring me happiness suddenly just ended."

Later that night, Munday passed out after several hours of heavy drinking. What happened next amazed and frightened him to his core.

"All of a sudden, I fall asleep and I’m in another place. I was standing in this single-file line.  I knew this is the final judgment, and you can’t imagine the fear that started to set in. I realized I don’t think I’m ready.  I don’t think I’m ready for this.  So, this line was going to the two doorways, and one doorway led to heaven and the other doorway led to hell.  I saw people being condemned forever, or I saw people being saved forever based on if they had received Jesus or not."

When Munday reached the front of the line, he received his verdict.

"This uncontrollable force began to pull me out of that line into the doorway that was leading to hell and there was nothing I could do about it.  I began crying out in this line, 'God, please give me another chance.' I just remember saying that, and right when I said that, suddenly this force broke off of me. I felt like, 'You’ve got another chance, buddy.' I went back in that line and the same person that had just condemned me to an eternity away from God suddenly looked at me and he said, 'You were here before, weren’t you?' He was joking with me, as if I was now his brother or something.  'We had you mixed up with an old man before named Ebenezer.'”

That reference to the Charles Dickens’ story spoke volumes to Munday.

"For God to tell me that, He was speaking to me and saying, 'Hey, just as in the story where Ebenezer Scrooge had a visitation in the night and was given another chance, you’re having a visitation in the night and I’m giving you another chance.' So every time I see The Christmas Carol now, I cry my eyes out because I feel just like that man – a changed person – only by the power of God, though."

A few days later, he gave his life to Jesus Christ.

"That is the point in my life where surrender seemed like a beautiful thing when it didn’t before."

With Christ leading him, Munday found the strength to fight his addictions. He says, "I just stopped doing drugs. I stopped drinking alcohol.  Overnight, God began to clean out the stuff that was detrimental to my health…physically, emotionally, and mentally and put me on a pathway after Him.  So I started reading the Gospel of John, and it was like words would jump out of the Bible.  I felt overcome with [the fact that] God is actually a Father who loves me. I think there’s a lot of people out there that don’t know that."

Ever since his transformation years ago, Christmas for Munday has never been the same.  He’s also happily married and the father of two children.

"People out there are tormented, thinking that they can’t get free from addictions, from bondage, but I’m here to say God can touch anybody.  There’s no one, there’s nothing that you can turn to that can take away your pain and a God of love can. He can not only do that, but He’ll make you a new person."

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