I’m always amused at people’s reactions when I tell them that I participate in a ministry which serves people affected by the sex industry. I get a mixed bag of responses especially from other Christians.
For the most part, people are curious. And I LOVE that! Curiosity and questions are my favorite reactions because it’s an opportunity for us to break bread together, learn about each other, learn more about God’s heart, and hopefully grow. If you’ve been wondering about BeLoved and how it all works and why, please ask me!!! Answering questions about it is my favorite thing in the world!
Another reaction I often get is that of pure excitement that such an outreach exists. Many people want to know right away how they can be involved because they recognize the need to love people right where they’re at. I love that reaction too! It’s my great privilege to participate in a ministry in which I can open doors for people to love other people. And there are so many ways for you to get involved. So, if you’re interested in being a bearer of God’s love to some precious people, just ask me about that too!
But, I also am met with a lot of misunderstanding and religious attitudes from some people. They have attitudes such as “Well, why don’t they just get another job.” “I mean, they are choosing their lifestyle.” And deep down in their heart, what they really believe is that they are better than people affected by this industry. Deep down, they believe that people in the industry don’t deserve love because they are somehow less than.
And that breaks my heart.
It breaks my heart for the Christians with that attitude because it’s a symptom of not having the fullness of grace and redemption operating in their own lives. You can’t give grace to people in the sex industry if you don’t have grace. You can’t give mercy to people in the sex industry if you don’t have mercy. You can’t show love to people in the sex industry if you haven’t received love.
Jesus said that the sinful woman loved much because she had been forgiven much. We should all desire and seek after the ability to love much. This means we have to be forgiven much. Now, I’m not saying go out and intentionally sin so that you can receive more forgiveness. On the contrary. I’m saying, recognize your great need for His grace and mercy each and every day. Recognize that no matter how much deliverance you experience, there is always more to experience. Live a lifestyle of repentance and dependency on God’s forgiveness. The more you do that, the more you will love people. Crucify haughtiness. Crucify self-righteousness. Crucify judgment. Recognize that without His grace, mercy, and love we are each and every one of us, wretched! Our own righteousness is filthy to Him. His righteousness, the righteousness He has so freely shared with us, even though we don’t deserve it and never will, is supposed to make us more like Him: better and better at loving people, even people we may have deemed as unlovable.
The truth is that people in the sex industry are anything but unlovable. They are so incredibly precious to my Father. He loves them unconditionally. They are each beautiful unique expressions of His image. And they are His lost sons and daughters. He aches for them to know Him as a Father. He groans to be reconciled to them. He desperately longs for them to walk in their true identities in the Kingdom. He yearns to wipe away their tears. He desires to shower them with affection. His heart burns with passion for them to know His love!
So, why the sex industry?
Simply put: Because God loves people in the sex industry.
Isn’t that enough?