Here is something I never thought I would write an e-votional about – a former adult film star. However, I had an interesting article suggested to me the other day about Mia Khalifa. She recently filmed an interview with Lance Armstrong for his webcast “New Forward.”
During the interview, Mia Khalifa talks about walking away from pornography after only three months. In the three months, which she made adult films, she became very popular and even begin to get threats from ISIS, so she decided to walk away. She has since decided to reinvent herself. She has moved to Austin, TX and become as a sports newscaster.
The most interesting exchange between Armstrong and Khalifa came when Armstrong pointed out that every article he read to research her had the lead “porn star”. Even though she was only in the industry for three months, she was carrying the brand of what she called a “huge mistake” when she was “21 and stupid”. This particularly resonated with Armstrong who still carries the mark of past mistakes and brought up that almost every article about him carries the label, “disgraced athlete.”
Now both Armstrong and Khalifa are trying to start over, to move on from the past, and to reinvent themselves. Four years after her short stint in adult films, Khalifa has sought a “clean slate” and started a new career. I think that is the most powerful thing about God’s grace. No matter what we do, God gives us the opportunity to confess, repent, and start over. Because of God’s love for us, we are offered a “clean slate”, we are offered forgiveness. It is important to remember though, that just because God forgives us, we still carry the ramifications of past sins and mistakes. Like Mia Khalifa, like Lance Armstrong, we may still carry the marks and labels from things we did in our past. However, in God’s eyes, our slate is wiped clean, we are forgiven, and we are free to start over.
There is nothing we can do to earn this clean slate. There is nothing we can do to be worthy of a fresh start. It is given freely. It is given purely out of God’s love. It is grace.
Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”