I don’t get to travel much with my family, but occasionally we do, and when we get a hotel room, we hope for the best.
Sometimes the experience is really good. Other times, not so much. This morning while travelling, I could not sleep.
Rather than wake my wife and the kids with me in my room up with my restlessness, I finally got up about 4:30 and went down to the hotel lobby to read, write…whatever.
I got a cup of coffee and started to read the Word. I read about Spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6, and “Putting on the belt of Truth”, picking up the” shield of Faith”, so that I could extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (I believe that this was part of why I was tossing and turning—I was in the midst of a bigger spiritual battle within my life—but more on that in another post.)
As I was reading, the elevator near me opened and out stepped 3 large men with 2 very attractive women. The women were dressed very provocatively, but what caught my attention was the voice of 1 of them. She stepped out of the elevator saying “I feel like I just touched my soul”!
I wondered what she could have been doing to ‘touch her soul’ @ 4:30 in the morning…was it an all night prayer meeting? A stirring revival service?
The bottle of vodka in her hand clued me in, but her next words surprised me:
“I LOVE being a stripper!”
As the 3 guys chuckled, she seemed to revel in their company and, as she walked by the hotel desk attendant, she reached out and said quite loudly, “I love you! Can I just give you a hug?”
The attendant recoiled a little, but the woman persisted: “Just one little hug” (and, as if to reassure the attendant), “I’m not a bad person”.
She gave a hug, and the 5 of them walked out.
The attendant and I met each other’s eyes with a look that said “What just happened”?
“Someone’s drunk!” she said.
“At least!” I said.
But it left me with a Question: Was the stripper right?
Had she “just touched [her] soul”?
Is she “A good person”?
Is it possible that a young, attractive woman who is out all night drinking and—apparently—stripping for a group of men (more came out laughing and hooting in the moments that followed) had, in fact, ‘found herself’?
Was it a good thing for her to be a stripper?
Some would say “Who are YOU to judge?” “If it works for her, what’s it to you?”
And that’s the problem.
We are so ‘open minded’ in our society, so committed to being non-judgmental, that we can’t say that even obvious evils are, in fact, evil!
The scripture says that we are to have the belt of TRUTH buckled around our waist.
Jesus said that we would know the Truth, and the Truth would set us free.
Question: If you were this young women’s friend, and she came to you that night and said ‘Last night, I touched my soul! I stripped for a group of young men and drank all night in a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee’…would you say ‘Good for you! I’m so happy for you!’, or would you say something akin to ‘You, my friend are off track, believing a pack of lies, and headed for real trouble?’
I submit that the latter would be the real friend, not the former.
Funny thing about the Truth. It really only makes sense in contrast to lies.
Jesus said of satan that he was “A murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)
I believe that satan—the father of lies—has succeeded in getting our culture to ‘buy into’ a lie—that there are no boundaries, there is no such thing as ‘right and wrong’, ‘good and bad’…it’s all ‘whatever works for you’.
This is a lie!
…and the sooner we allow the Holy Spirit to break through the fog of lies that he’s encouraged in our culture, the better off we will be!
Our culture, as a whole, is headed the same place that young stripper is headed—tragedy, pain, disease, abuse…destruction!
But some would rather we not say anything.
After all, that’s being judgmental.
Wouldn’t it be better—more loving, in fact, to help her see the crash course with tragedy she is on, and help her find the One who can lead her to LIFE—real, new, grace-filled LIFE?
I prayed for her, her friend, the men…I hope and pray that someone is able to speak the Truth into her life…that someone with an opportunity and a relationship with her has the courage to tell her the truth, and to point her to Jesus.
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; but I have come that they might have LIFE—Life to the full!” (John 10:10)
Do YOU know anyone who’s headed for tragedy?
…are you willing to lovingly tell them the Truth, and point them to Jesus?
May God forgive us for the times we’ve kept quiet and stir us to speak up!