What does it mean to be Jesus in a strip club? Well, what does it mean to be Jesus anywhere? The truth is that being Jesus is reflecting love. Jesus is love.
A long time ago the Holy Spirit called me to, Go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19) He continued by telling me that I was not called to stay in a “holy huddle” inside of the church, but to take what I have learned in the church and in my private time studying the word, into this lost and fallen world. My testimony is someone else’s prophecy.
Never in a million years did I imagine Him saying to me: “Bambi I want you to go to strip clubs and love on the people who work there.” But here I am after hearing those exact words — going into strip clubs and doing my best at representing Him well. I am what you would call a newbie at this particular ministry, but He is the expert, and He guides me so well.
Don’t be fooled. I was questioning my sanity about this ministry and wondering why in the world me? And why in the world strip clubs? But then GOD… He reminded me of how He prepared me, how I am redeemed. He has healed me from bitterness, brokenness, and a big list of diagnosable diseases. He birthed in me at a young age, a heart for the less fortunate and the broken. For His lost and His rebellious. He showed me I am qualified to reach them because He is with me.
So practically, how do you “Be Jesus in a Strip Club?” Let’s look at what love is since Jesus is love. The first part of 1 Corinthians 13. He describes what love is perfectly, and this removes the worldly lens that many see love through, including most dictionaries. Many know these verses from weddings, and that it is commonly referred to for married couples, but the truth is, this love is not just for a man and a woman.
Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others; it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Love in the face of rejection. Love in the face of acceptance. Love when you’re full of joy and love when you are in deep grief. Love when no one else stands with you, and love when you are hand in hand with an army. Love when you are oppressed and love when you are completely free. Love to your children and love to a dancer. Love to your enemy and love to your bestie. Love when it is hard and love when it is easy.
When we invite the Holy Spirit to fill hurting places within us, our bodies can have a physical reaction to His presence. We must be surrendered to Him and His will and consider our only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given us–the work of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24) I have felt a physical reaction to Him several different times when going to strip clubs. He is madly in love with every one of the people there. He is a Savior that goes after the one. He has sent me (and people like me) all over the world to show His love. It is a love that is not tainted. It expects nothing in return. It is consistent when we are not. It shows up and brings us favor in unreal ways. It is perfect and casts out all fear. Sex industry workers are valuable people.
One other significant thing to remember about Jesus is that He commands us not to judge others. You have to walk into the strips clubs setting your judgments aside. They will cloud and completely get in the way of love. Lead with love and all else will be set aside.
I am in love with Jesus, and He makes all things possible.
Featured article by Strip Church Network Member Bambi Flores of Velvet Hearts