Friday, March 13, 2009

Jesus Loves Hookers...and So Should We

Nightline recently ran a segment, "Hookers for Jesus," which tells the tale of a former prostitute whose mission is to rescue and convert other prostitutes to Jesus.

The story isn't new but resurfaced on Nightline last night. See a report that ran about a year ago below...

Many are critical of Annie Lobert and her organization. And guess who are the most vocal about it?

You guessed it...Christians.

Christians tend to forget one of the reasons why Jesus came to this earth, and part of the purpose behind His ministry...was to minister to those nobody wanted, those who were considered the lowest of society, those nobody loved, etc.

When Christians get too snooty for their own britches and criticize people like Lobert and The Porn Pastors, I hope they take the time to remember a little story in the Bible...

Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table.

37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,

38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner."

40Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.

41"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.

42Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

43Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.

46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

48Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

49The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Luke 7:36-50 (New International Version)

I hope we...I...can be more Christ-like to those who need Him the most.

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