After I became an exotic dancer, I was always tempted to work, not knowing how much I would make or miss out on if I didn’t go. It drove me crazy! The freedom in schedule allowed me to pick and and choose when I’d go in. I needed to make sure I rested but I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to score a big pay day.
While at work, my goal was to dance for everyone in the room at least once. While talking to customers, they began to make proposals for me to leave the club with them in order to make extra money. I always thought about Cold Case Files and Unsolved Mysteries and ran from the people who attempted to bait me with promises of money, fame or anything. I was afraid of the unknown. But after a while, I began to wonder if I was shortchanging myself. I wondered if I was missing opportunities because I was so afraid of what I didn’t know. Every time I thought about how harmless a guy seemed, I thought of the movie, Silence of the Lambs, where a serial killer would pose as a man in need of help, complete with an arm cast only to abduct women and skin them.
What are the temptations exotic dancers face? When customers want to hear something good, dancers are tempted to lie to keep the money flowing and fulfill a man’s fantasy of getting his way with a beautiful woman. When a customer leaves his money or credit card out, a dancer may be tempted to steal it and take a few days off work. The temptation to trade sex for sexual favors for money will present itself a few times everyday. When a customer pressures a dancer to meet him after she leaves work, depending on who she is hooked up with, she can be tempted to have the customer set up to be robbed. Sometimes robberies go bad and someone ends up getting hurt. There are temptations to drink too much and use drugs to distract dancers from their reality. A fellow dancer can tempt another to fight by stealing money or customers. A patron can tempt a dancer to fight by refusing to pay her. The list of temptations in the strip club are literally endless.
The scriptures that came to mind while in these situations kept me from participating in certain behaviors and being in precarious scenarios. I always reminded myself that:
“Every good and perfect gift cones from above; it comes down from the Father of light.” James 1:17
This means I didn’t have to anything people were trying to get me to do. I was there to make money off my dance skills and that was it! I didn’t feel the need to do anything extra in order to make it.
“But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.”
1 Timothy 6:9 AMPC
This scripture revealed the trap that temptation is. I didn’t want to end up in ruin, destruction or die a horrible death just because of a few extra dollars.
“For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.”
1 Timothy 6:10 AMPC
This scripture is one of the most misinterpreted of all. The love of money is the root of all evil. Money is not evil. I’ve seen some people do some crazy stuff for money. The love and desperation for it is so dangerous in the strip club. Pimps and predatory customers lure dancers into dungeons using their own desire for money to make them prisoners. This scripture also speaks on the negative toll the love of money takes on one’s mental health.
Everyone has a plan to eventually leave the club. Don’t be tempted by things that sounds too good to be true and don’t allow or develop the love of money to rule you. Pray always and know nothing last forever. Don’t allow desperation to make you feel like you have to do something crazy to get your needs met. Pick up your copy of Scriptures for Strippers from Amazon or visit the http://www.ScripturesForStrippers.com
“And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:13 AMPC
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