Her voice is saturated with a murky mix of sorrow, regret, and determination. The person that she was staying with has just kicked her out. The felony on her record is making it difficult to secure respectable employment. “If they’d just gimme a chance“, she sobs. She has two children by two different men, neither of which is there to help her take care of their child. One hung himself when the child was young, and the other is either incarcerated or dead, she’s not sure. So here she is: two children, one felony, and no place to go. Tears season her cheeks, as she articulates in jagged tones the recipe to this bitter dish she calls life.
Suddenly the phone rings. There’s no time for tears, now. This is reality. Instantly, everything about her demeanor changes. The sorrow in her tone disappears as quickly as the ebonics that had previously littered her speech. She’s a business woman now: savvy by nature, and sensual by necessity. “Yes, it’s $30 for the night.” “Well…if you’ll help pay for the room, then the rest is free.” “Ok…right…alright, see you then.” Putting the phone down, she glances over at her son enojoying his “happy meal”. He has no clue what she did to secure this meal, or what she is about to do to secure his next one, but this is life. The life of a prostitute.
1 Corinthians 6:15 talks about joining the members of Christ with the members of a prostitute. What it’s referring to is sexual immorality. Sexual immorality refers to anything that deviates from the standard that God has set for sex. God’s standard for sex, is sex between husband and wife. Any sex outside of marriage is a sin, not only against God, but against one’s own body. Often it is believed that if one is a virgin, then he or she is “pure”, but this is not so. Many believers engage in everything short of actual intercourse and believe, or would like to believe, themselves to be pure because they are still “virgins”.
This is not God’s idea for His children. Our body is the temple of God, and must be treated as such. “Flee sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 6:18).