Pete Greig on the forefront of 24-7 Prayer and the author of the book, "Red Moon Rising," posed this question to us tonight. It really got me thinking about such a situation and how I would react.
I truly want you to take a second and think about how you would react if you saw someone currently involved in prostitution leading worship in church. Now before we say whether this would be right or wrong, Pete posed the idea that at least we are finally asking the questions instead of just saying no.
For too long now, pastors and churches have been worrying about their images and what something like this would do to their names. Let me tell you this... JESUS, upon whose name everything rests, spent the majority of his time in the presence of prostitutes, tax collectors, and "sinners." (I put quotes around sinners because I think it is funny that we label certain people as sinners when we are all sinners) He did not care about His "name," rather He cared about those in need and letting them come and feel loved in the PRESENCE of GOD (for Jesus is fully man and fully God).
In Matthew 9:12-13, Jesus says, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
So again I ask, how should we react? Could God be asking us to become a people who will truly go into the world and get their hands "dirty?" For how long are we going to keep asking the Holy Spirit to come to our same old meetings in the building known as the church on Sundays, when He is asking us if we will go be with Him in His meetings amongst the poor, widowed, orphaned, and oppressed "sinners?"