Rudy Rasmus, now a pastor in Houston in The United Methodist Church, tells his story:
I have made more mistakes than I would care to remember, and I wish I’d known Jesus sooner.
I was 34 years old before I became a Christian. In all of the years before that, I was in a terrible business, connected to the sex industry. My dad and I owned a business in a tough Houston neighborhood, a motel that catered to prostitutes and their customers. For my entire life, up to age 34, that’s what I did every day. I literally lived in a house of pain.
When I was 5, my dad told me how we were gonna make money. He called me “Big Shot Mister President Boss Man.” He said, “Big Shot, we are going to make money off other people’s pain.”
Every day, in and out of this “borderline bordello,” there were people. There were buyers and sellers, and most of the sellers were female. Because I was raised without a conscience, it didn’t matter. My entire life, I spent every day in that place not caring who got hurt, why, or even the cost. We profited from darkness.
Recently, I was reflecting on just how significant Christ is. I wish I had known about Christ back then. There were people around me who did the church thing and people who said they were Christians, but my dad taught me never to trust preachers and church people. He said they were all full of it. For most of my life, I believed he was right.
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