Culture Can Be Redeemed – Extreme Outreach
Key Bible Verse: … shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. – Philippians 2:15
Bonus Reading: Mark 2: 14-17
A striking example of engagement with the world is the story of Craig Gross and Mike Foster and their quest to redeem the porn industry. Founders of xxxchurch.com (now under the umbrella of Fireproof Ministries), these two men have withstood withering criticism from within the Christian community for their attempts to reach out to the purveyors (and the victims) of the multibillion-dollar pornography empire.
They attend porn conventions (with their wives, no less), handing out “Jesus loves porn stars” T-shirts and challenging people to go without porn for seven days. They even inaugurated a “porn Sunday” in 2005, calling on churches to wake up to the reality of porn and porn addiction in their midst.
I don’t know these men personally but I have benefited from their ministry (their accountability software is on my computer) and admire their courage in seeking to bring the light and life of Jesus into the darkest of places. They didn’t wait for the lost to come to them—they went to where those people were and by their actions demonstrated the grace and truth of the gospel.
—Mike Erre in The Jesus of Suburbia
My Response: A hangout for the unchurched that I could “salt” with a Christian presence is …
Thought to Apply: Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it. —John Stott (British preacher)
Adapted from The Jesus of Suburbia (W Publishing, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Since you’ve called me to be salt and light, I’m not free to just blend in. Empower me to make a positive impact where you’ve placed me.