Thursday, November 13, 2008

The things you stumble upon at 1 a.m.

Found a pretty amazing website from another blog called xxxchurch.com This is a Christian ministry that exists to help people with porn addictions. I watched the latest video, and was blown away that this ministry was invited to have a booth at a gay porn event in Las Vegas. They were there in their "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" t-shirts, handing out bibles and spreading Christ's love to all of the "attendees." As I watched this mesmerizing video, I started with the judgemental stuff like "well, they sure are acting like this is all ok." or "sure Jesus loves them, but he sure hates what is going on." I had to stop myself (outloud...I've been talking to myself outloud a lot lately) and say "Marie would you EVER have the guts to go to something like that and hand out bibles and tell these drag queens and gay porn stars that Jesus loves them? No? Then quit judging!" It was pretty cool stuff. And sure, there were the "typical" signholding evangelicals outside yelling that all of those people were going to hell and that they better learn to fear God before it's too late, bla bla bla but which Christian group was making more of an impact? I'm gonna go with the folks inside...

Anyway, I also looked through the message boards on the site and was deeply saddened by the ways in which porn is literally ruining people's lives. One woman pleaded for prayers for her family because her husband of 22 years got "bored" and ran off with a woman he met at a strip club. I also saw post after post of men who are trying to make it through a day (or heck, even an hour) battling this addiction.

It's almost 2 a.m. and I should be sleeping right now, but I'm kind of glad God put all this on my heart. It's good for me to have another dose of compassion and humility.

Kind of a weird post huh? Tomorrow I promise I'll be back to blogging about adventures in toddler land!

2 comments:

Brandi said...

Wow. That was awesome. Not just the story, but how you were able to stop yourself from saying/doing something you didn't like others to do! I am not that self-aware, so major props to you! On another note, I agree whole heartedly with you. The people inside most likely made a MUCH bigger impact, which saddens me because more people use the other option to evangilize...

Hope all is well on your Friday! Sad I missed bible study but hopefully next week!

Evelynn's Mom said...

Check out the book The Gutter - written by the guys who do the xxxchurch.com. Way awesome, and totally changed my view of how to minister to the world. Seriously an easy read, and I recommend it to everyone... It really made me think twice about what it means to be a light in the dark world - you can't see a light unless you are in the dark!