What’s the Christian Response to Prostitution?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Fresh Look at the Oldest Profession
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We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series, exploring many aspects of the complex, controversial issue of prostitution, but now comes the hard part—figuring out what to do.

How should Christians respond to prostitution? At first, it seems like an easy question to answer. Love like Jesus did. After all, wasn’t Jesus known to eat with prostitutes and sinners? Didn’t he forgive the prostitute who washed his feet with her tears? And wasn’t Mary Magdalene a prostitute?

So, we should treat prostitutes like Jesus did, except what does that look like in today’s world? As we’ve explored this problem, I’m sure you’ve realized there isn’t a one-size fits-all solution. Prostitution is a complex issue that demands a holistic approach, which is why the Christian response is as unique and varied as the Christian—some will use their influence in politics, others will focus on prevention, and some can speak Korean. But no matter how you choose to respond to prostitution, there is one overarching theme that I believe should motivate us—restoring dignity.

Dignity

Dignity is concerned with how people feel, think and behave in relation to the worth or value of themselves and others. To treat someone with dignity is to treat them as being of worth, in a way that is respectful of them as valued individuals…When dignity is present people feel in control, valued, confident, comfortable and able to make decisions for themselves.

Royal College of Nursing

Dignity is knowing what you’re made of, and that’s the image of God. The bedrock of Christian love is the belief that every human being possesses infinite worth. The tragedy of prostitution is that it strips away this worth, telling people that they are just a body to be bought and used. You can’t buy something priceless, and yet that’s what prostitution is—priceless people being bought and sold until they believe they are worthless.

The Good News

In the midst of all this pain, comes Jesus. As he told the Samaritan woman, he came to give us living water so we would never be thirsty again. He came to give us life so we’d never be afraid of death. He came to restore us to the Father so we’d never be separated again. That’s our good news, and it’s changed our lives, but it’s their news too.

When you consider the pain, it seems like a hard thing to believe, but never underestimate the power of truth. There is love in the midst of abuse. There is value in the face of worthlessness. There is forgiveness in the presence of shame. Only grace can restore dignity. While education and money and therapy can help, grace is the truth, and only the truth sets people free.

The Christian Response

I hope you agree that prostitution is a problem that must be addressed, but before we jump in with our best intentions, let’s remember what it is we’re trying to do. The focus of our ministry is to restore dignity, a sense of value and purpose that comes only from God. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to heal the brokenness of prostitution, but there is grace. It’s the grace of God that restores the prostitute to the kind of woman described in Proverbs 31:

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

Proverbs 31:25

That is a picture of grace, and grace is the Christian response.

*Music “Pieces” by Andrew Belle.

What does practical grace look like? How can we fix the problems of prostitution? Do you know of any ministries that are doing excellent work in this area? Please tell me about it in the comments below!
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  1. Stephanie

    So women have nothing and no way to make a living. What do you propose? Starve? I’m a Christian, but what do you do when in that position.

    • That’s a very good question and certainly demands some thought. First of all, I’m not aware of many situations where the only option is prostitution or starve. I know of situations where prostitution pays better than most professions and/or is culturally accepted, however, there is almost always another opportunity for employment. The problem I think is when women feel like they can’t do anything else or aren’t aware that there are other options. I think that’s when it’s our job to provide better opportunities and to educate women about their choices. In the end, it all comes down to how you view prostitution—as an undesirable but ultimately legitimate form of employment or as a system that abuses and exploits women. If it’s the latter, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to avoid putting yourself in that kind of situation? Thank you so much for your thoughts!

    • Heatheryule@hotmail.com

      I find that I see these women on the street everyday where I live and you have to feel sorry for them because as a human and a Christian who wakes up and wants to be a prostutute it is so wrong in so many levels and what if that was your daughter won’t you want her to get off the street. I find myself just praying the Holy Spirit will touch there lives and rebuke the devil for touching them in that way there is so much more to life and they could prosper and become so much more stop them in there tracks Jesus and may They find the right path Amen

  2. COLLINS GITURITI CHACHA

    Morality reigns over all these, Paul taught about love and ….prostitution is against Godly love ..

  3. SUB: REACHOUT TO THE PROSTITUTES WITH GOD’S LOVE
    Dear Director / Brother / Sister in Christ,
    Greetings to you in Jesus’ name!
    I would like to share with you that I am reaching specifically to the Muslims for Christ according to God’s call & His guidance in my life and Hindus too. At present I am having two congregations one for the believers from Muslims background & their friends on Friday and another congregation is for the believers from Hindu background and their relatives and friends on Sunday. Beside these two congregations, I am having several Home Church fellowships among the Muslim & Hindu communities by His grace & mercy.
    There are lots of women and young girls became prostitutes in my area among these communities (Muslims & Hindus) mainly for POVERTY. Almost every single day young girls are being trafficked due to their family situation & poverty.
    This evening while I was sharing ministry & prayer requests to my prayer partners through emails, God’s Spirit has spoken into my deep heart and filled my heart with His vision and burden for the prostitutes. He inspired my heart to make a team from the believers groups and send them to the prostitutes to share God’s love for them and to rescue them in Jesus’ name.
    Humbly I request you kindly pray that I might be obeying to Him and His vision might be fulfilled in and through my life and ministry for His own glory. Pray that God might help me to establish Home fellowship for them.
    Regards,
    Bashir

Bryanna Lindberg

Today, billions of people are living in slavery. Some are trapped in physical slavery—sold as prostitutes, laborers, or soldiers. Others are trapped in psychological slavery—controlled by ignorance, fear, or pride. Too many are trapped in spiritual slavery—trying to please a god who demands nothing less than perfection. As Christians, we've been set free from the law of sin and death, but how many of us are living free? Pursuing freedom is a fight, but the victory means living a better calling, telling a better story, and leaving a better testimony. Will you join me in the fight for better?

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