The man without a face

I saw a man come out of one of the windows in the Red Light District the other day, and I watched him as he walked away. We were headed in the same direction so I increased my pace to match his, wanting to catch a glimpse of his face, to see the expression there, and the look in his eyes- if he looked ashamed like most clients do when they come out and have to face the tons of people walking by, but I couldn’t see his face! He had a hoodie on and did everything to keep his face hidden… He head was down with the hoodie pulled firmly over it, and if he walked any faster, that would be categorized as running!I looked around me and realized that day that there were so many men without faces coming to the Red Light District of Amsterdam; they are men without faces because they choose to be so. Why? Some are married or in a serious relationship, others are lonely, some come here out of peer pressure, and the list is endless but they want to remain hidden, anonymous.

How can we help the man without a face? How can we share the love of Jesus with Him? How can we help him see that the Love of Jesus washes away all sin and guilt? How can we help him understand that Jesus paid the price for him and the sex worker he just “visited?” That is something for us to think about… One thing I know for sure is this though, condemnation and shame will not help him, neither will condoning his behavior; but remember, it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. What does God’s goodness look like? That’s a topic for another day

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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