Jesus Loves Strippers

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    150 150 Strip Church

    Those three words have been known to land us all kinds of looks.

    From the hope and wonder found in the eyes of a woman in the dressing room of a strip club to the laughs coming from ignorant church and non-church folks alike. I say the word “ignorant” respectfully—after all, if you don’t know the love of God for yourself, you certainly cannot understand it for others.

    When we started XXXchurch in 2002 we began with four words “Jesus Loves Porn Stars,” and then in 2008 we coined the endearment: “Jesus Loves Strippers.”

    Why?

    Why would we persist in spite of the refusal of every Bible publisher we encountered to adorn those words onto the cover of the Gospel? Because it IS the Gospel.

    Jesus loves.

    His love knows no bounds or barriers. God’s love for people is not about what they do or don’t do. His love for people is about Himself. It is His character. It is who He is. He loves without condition. We could learn a lot from Him.

    Reminds me of a song written by Cory Asbury called Reckless Love.

    Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
    You have been so, so good to me.
    Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
    You have been so, so kind to me. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
    Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.
    I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself awa
    y…

    When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me.
    You have been so, so good to me.
    When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

    There’s no shadow You won’t light up,
    Mountain You won’t climb up,
    Coming after me.
    There’s no wall You won’t kick down,
    Lie You won’t tear down,
    Coming after me

    And so, onward we go… to the very places God goes. We tell them Jesus loves them.

    Because He does.

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