I’m writing this in response to a comment that was made to me a month or so ago that I have been ruminating about. The comment was “But we need the strip clubs and gentleman bars because of all the sexual offenders being released and other perverts. Let them go there instead of after our women and children.” And someone else agreed – saying they knew more than I do about this issue.
I disagree with their thinking – and maybe the other person does know more than I do about this issue – but it just doesn’t jive with any of my Christian learning. We are taught that no one should put a stumbling block in front of another person. And that everyone who puts a stumbling block in front of a weaker brother or sister will be held accountable for that persons downfall. This is serious and I’m sharing my thoughts with you.
First – I’m not sure that released offenders have the legal right to attend those places.
Second – I am pretty sure that any offender who gets out of prison has to prove himself (or herself) to be rehabilitated. So we don’t need these places for them. Especially because as Christians we are supposed to help them become and remain mature in Christ Jesus with the Power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us.
Third – Christians are called to be different – Christians are called to a life of purity and holiness.
Christians aren’t the only ones called to purity and holiness – other religions also call people to a life of self-control and discipline.
Those who are strong are always supposed to keep in mind those who are weak.
That being said. I don’t agree that we need strip clubs and gentleman bars or male strip shows. I don’t think Jesus would say we need them either. I think people need to avoid going to them – I’m pretty sure Jesus would agree. I always pray for conversion of the owners of those places – that they would close shop – and rebuild into a business that would bring glory to God and draw their former clientele into a relationship with the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the book Praying Our Way Through Stress: Drawing Wisdom from the Lord’s Life and Prayer I discuss Manifestations of Unresolved Stress and sexual promiscuity and misconduct is one of the manifestations. We need to help the clientele and employees find better ways of managing stress. We need to pray for people to rescue the employees and clientele – for them to seek first The Kingdom of Heaven . . . . on earth . . .
Lord, Pour your Holy Spirit Out Upon all people and fill them with your power to resist temptation and overcome improper manifestations of stress. AMEN