Can you imagine it? Christians hanging out with prostitutes?
When I was in Scranton, PA there was a church that was known to be hospitable to prostitutes, by which I mean they attended their services. It may have just been for the free coffee, but word got out and the other churches around didn’t look too highly on it.
I can understand why this might look bad. My initial reaction to prostitutes is repulsive. But I never understood how having prostitutes under the preaching of the gospel was a bad thing. I know it’s our prejudice to be turned off by their gross sin, but doesn’t this lend for an opportunity to exercise conduct worthy of the gospel?
I visited that church a few times and I looked for anyone who might be labeled a prostitute but I couldn’t rightly tell. The gospel was preached, however, and people were worshiping God. That is a testimony of God’s saving grace.
This article from the Resurgence is really encouraging. I wish more churches would take the example of Christ more seriously as they seek to share the love of Jesus with every man, woman, and child.
“Wouldn’t we all? Wouldn’t we all love to join a church that throws birthday parties for prostitutes at 3:30 in the morning?… But anybody who reads the New Testament will discover a Jesus who loved to party with prostitutes and with all kinds of left-out people. The tax collectors and “sinners” loved him because he partied with them. The lepers of society found in him someone who would eat and drink with them. And while the solemnly pious people could not relate to what he was about, those lonely people who usually didn’t get invited to parties took to him with excitement.”