Jesus Loves Porn Stars

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WHY JESUS LOVES PORN STARS

Craig Gross
ABC RELIGION AND ETHICS
19 MAR 2012
jesus loves porn stars
JESUS LOVES PORN STARS

I do what I do because of what I believe about Jesus. The Jesus most often portrayed in western culture – the harmless, and basically conformist saviour with flowing hair and fair skin – is not the Jesus of the Bible. The biblical Jesus was no peacekeeper who just submitted to society. Instead, he was a revolutionary, someone who submitted himself entirely to the great and most radical of all causes –love.

My name is Craig Gross and I am the Porn Pastor. Ten years ago, I created a website called XXXchurch.com and have spent the last decade of my life raising awareness about the issues of porn. All admit, the letters “XXX” freaked out people in the church, and the word “church” freaked the porn people out. The two words blended the seedy and the sacred.

Today, XXXchurch.com is the largest website of its kind. More than 70 million visitors have logged on since its inception. XXXchurch.com averages a 200k-400k visitors a month. We have 1 million people using our free Internet Accountability software called X3watch.

For the person who is addicted to viewing porn, XXXchurch offers some answers. For the person who is performing, it offers some alternatives. Regardless, XXXchurch is articulating a voice of hope. I want to connect with people who are in the industry and those messed up by the industry.

This means I sometimes have to go to extraordinary lengths to build these bridges to the people that Jesus loves. Last week’s Sydney Sexpo marks the 65th adult convention at which we have exhibited over the last decade.

What’s strange, though, is that despite my willingness to speak against the effects of porn, most people in the porn industry casually embrace who I am, and ignore why I do it. Among the religious it is the opposite. Many in the church despise who I am and ignore what I do.

Take, for example, the porn trade show where we passed out thousands of Bibles. Those who claimed to be Christians harangued me alongside the porn stars. When I explained I was there to give out Bibles that read “Jesus Loves Porn Stars” on the cover, a guy who I affectionately called “Hate Preacher” informed me that nobody would take the Bibles. We passed out over three thousand on the first day alone.

And then there’s Ron Jeremy. Ron is the self-professed “King of Porn.” He’s smart, knows his industry and will do just about anything for a buck. He is also totally serious when it comes to debating porn.

For the past five years, we have travelled across the United States, Canada and now Australia doing something called the Porn Debate. Ron defends his industry while I talk about the dangers of porn. The strange thing is that we like each other. We are opponents on-stage, but off-stage we are friends.

A pastor friend of mine, Don Golden, told me, “All you can do with Ron is keep inviting him into your world.” What he is referring to is the biblical mandate where Jesus instructed his followers to go into the entire world and communicate hope – “proclaim the Good News.” This is often called the Great Commission. I call it my only job on this planet.

Don explained the whole purpose of my connection to Ron was just that: an opportunity to connect. It was less about preaching to people and calling them to a confession, and more about inviting hurting and unknowing people into our world. It is about sharing with them your friends, family, and beliefs.

That gave me a new outlook. Ron Jeremy is open to experiencing my world. He has met my family, my friends and pastor friends of mine. He has accepted me because I accepted him. And so he has invited me into his world.

But how far do you go? Is it a give-and-take relationship with him? Is it is a trade-for-trade arrangement? These are the questions I’m always being asked. But I became convinced that I would rather be his friend than his opponent. Christians have way too many opponents. I am a Christian. And yet I think, for the sake of comfort and safety, Christians have chosen to huddle together in small groups, hoping “the world” doesn’t get in.

I’ve watched how many have turned the “church” into exclusive little clubs, ignoring the Bible’s message of God’s all-inclusive love. These groups devise plans and develop strategies for reaching out to their “opponents” – they have even come up with “emergent” lingo that many on the same team don’t even understand.

The simple fact is, Jesus said, “Love your neighbour … love your enemy … love, because I love.” Jesus said, “Hey Zacchaeus, tonight I am coming to your house for dinner …” All those disagreements, those points we think we need to prove, those sins we think we need to name and shame – Jesus simply said, “I didn’t come to judge.”

Differences don’t have to divide. The expectation today is that differences get in the way of friendships. It is the temptation of all religions – including the Christian institution called “church” – to believe that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

The church expects people who do not subscribe to their tenets to find their way into the sanctuary. They expect the Ron Jeremys of this world to come inside, but only once they figure out that they’re “lost.”

But that’s not what Jesus was about. In Mark 2:17, Jesus said, “I have come for the sick. The healthy do not need a doctor.”

Ron Jeremy is my friend. Will he leave the porn industry? Will he come to follow Jesus? What if he already has? These questions, like most of the other questions I hear, don’t concern me.

What really matters are neither the questions, nor the answers. What really matters is the fact that that Jesus loves porn stars just as much as he loves pastors.

 

Craig Gross founded of the website XXXchurch.com as a response to the hurting he saw both in those addicted to pornography and those who made their living in the porn industry. In the 10 years since it began, XXXchurch.com has had over 70 million visitors to the website and his ministry is the subject of an award winning documentary. He is the author of nine books and has been featured in GQ magazine, Newsweek, Time, Wired, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He currently resides in Los Angeles CA with his wife Jeanette and their two children Nolan and Elise.

Craig will be appearing as a panellist on Q and A on Monday, 19 March 2012.

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