Church Van Pornography
To be honest, I laughed out loud when I saw this. Before you go judging me, let me explain.
It was one of those laugh first, think later moments. I mean, who does that? Maybe a guy was praying one day and got an inspired idea for witnessing. Possible. Let’s assume not. What person in their right mind would be so cavalier as to drive a church van to a porn shop? Wasn’t he worried about being seen? And what if another member of that church happened to pass by and notice? Maybe I was shocked to laughter, the blatancy of it all.
It’s really not funny though. This guy should be ashamed of himself, right? What a terrible rep for the church. All we need is more fuel for critics. But, honestly, this guy simply did openly what thousands of christian men do in secret every day. No, we don’t pull our cars to the front of an adult bookstore; that would be crazy. We park our temples in front of our home computer or TV. And of course, in a pinch, there is always the smartphone. You can stream porn anytime, anywhere.
This “epic fail” uncovers a deep wound in the body of Christ. Marriages are being ravaged. Trust is dying, and women are being reduced to porn star stand-ins instead of the co-equal image bearers of God they were created to be. This is not a “those people” issue; this is an us issue, and we need to run to the gospel for redemption and restoration. Christians have been sent as ambassadors to redeem culture through Christ, not to be destroyed by it. Lust has been nailed to a cross. Our righteousness has been purchased.