I’ve been itching to blog on this for awhile. Late in August, I ran across an article in LifeSite News by this title: “‘Jesus loves pornstars’: XXXChurch making waves with offbeat anti-porn outreach.”
(Here’s the link to the article: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/jesus-loves-pornstars-xxxchurch-fight-porn-on-the-ground)
Now, here’s the question: Do we really believe that Jesus loves everyone, including porn stars? If we don’t, what do we do with John 3:16 and Romans 5:8, just to name two verses? What I’m saying is, someone’s activities, lifestyle, or profession may be repulsive to us but that doesn’t make Jesus love them any less, does it? Look at Scripture–to how many prostitutes did Jesus speak? Remember, prostitutes were the lowest of the low–even lower than shepherds. Jesus came for us all–even porn stars.
I think the thing that bothers me is Al Mohler–president of the Southern Baptist Convention–has taken to criticize the methodology of xxxchurch.com. Why is he against the methods of xxxchurch.com? Are they not clean enough? I don’t recall that we had to clean up our lives to come to Jesus anymore than we have to clean up our bodies before we take a shower. Let’s face it–sinners aren’t going to darken the door of a church; we have to go to them. And if you watched the video embedded in the article, you’ll notice that Brittni responded to the non-judgmental love shown to her by the Christians who were willing to come to her world and show her that her life could be different.
And why criticize the front of the Bible that xxxchurch.com is offering? So what if it says, “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” on the front cover? It’s true, isn’t it? And to respond to Mohler, who asked, “”What about a special edition of the new Testament, or in this case a paraphrase of the New Testament that would have on the cover, ‘Jesus loves concentration camp guards’ or ‘Jesus loves pedophiles,’ or ‘Jesus loves gossips, or liars or tax cheats?” Well, yes, Al, let’s publish Bibles with those covers. Maybe such folks would actually crack the cover, ask questions, and find out that Jesus really does love them. And He love you, too, Al…
1 Timothy 1:15–“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”