On a Wednesday afternoon, I was driving on Route 36 toward the NJ Parkway. It was an early afternoon and I saw that the parking lot at Fantasies was packed. There were only a couple of spots left. I have never gone to a place like this, and I had no desire to go, but I was intrigued that so many people were there on a weekday afternoon.
As I was driving by, I remembered a line that Richard Wurmbrandt used one time. He asked us why we ask so many times for money in the church instead of presenting the product. He continued by saying that he had never seen a bar asking people to come in; they just advertised their products.
In talking with the Samaritan woman, Jesus told her that she had five husbands and the man with whom she was living was not her husband. Elizabeth Taylor had about nine husbands. She probably could have had more, since she was considered one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. Having one husband did not satisfy her and she kept leaving them, seeking happiness with new husbands.
It is in this context that Jesus Christ tells the Samaritan woman that he is able to give her eternal water, water which will quench her thirst. Moreover, Jesus tells her that the water that He will give her will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life. When she understands, she tells Jesus that she really wants this water so that she will no longer come to the well and draw water.
I was thinking of all the customers who were in that bar. Why were they there? Were they there for the good food? Maybe. Were they there for the many drinks? Possibly! However, the majority of the people that go to those places go to lust after the pretty girls that are dancing in front of them. The product is lust.
Like the Samaritan woman, the people in that establishment had an insatiable desire. It needs to be met on a regular basis. They meet this desire by lusting after the women there. The product that Jesus offered was a relationship with him. When people have a relationship with God, places like the one on Route 36 will disappear.
What we need to do more often is to talk about the satisfaction that Jesus Christ gives to those who come to Him and to talk about the product that He gives to those who become His followers. To those who become His followers, those young ladies who dance in that bar cannot be regarded as objects of lust anymore because they have become their sisters in the Lord. Because they are precious in the sight of God, they are also precious in the sight of their brothers.
If this would happen, the patrons will need to find another level of entertainment and the sisters will need to find another line of work.