Should Christians trust the media? The answer to this question is simple and black and white: “Only if it is explicitly Christian”. There are many forms of media nowadays, there are blogs, social media, news networks (such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News), there are news distributions sites (Such as the Drudge Report), there are apps, and emails, and memes… but there is only one kind of media that the follower of Christ has any business consuming, trusting in, or sharing: Christian Media. I will explain this answer more in a second, but first a personal story, maybe one you can relate to.
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This week I joined a gym. My wife and Elder Will joined with me as well, and we have been faithfully working out. Every morning at 5am we have hit the gym to get into shape, have more energy, and just be fit overall. As I was working out the Lord gave me some parallels to apply toward spiritual fitness that I wanted to share, alongside applicable scripture… I always find the biblical correlation between physical health and spiritual health fascinating!
“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8
What happened to me could happen [to] any girl in my industry.
The definition of human sex trafficking varies from person to person and organization to organization. At Chains Interrupted our definition of human sex trafficking goes something like this “Forcing, tricking, or manipulating a person into have sex with someone else (especially when done so for financial gain and/or on a repeated basis)” [Our official definition is the federal definition as stated in the TVPA of 2000 (22 USC s7102)]. Under this definition almost all porn would be considered sex trafficking, as women are tricked, lied to, and manipulated to convince them to have sex for money while being filmed. Woman are told that doing porn is empowering, and that it frees them in their sexuality. They are told it will give them self-worth and that it will make them fabulously wealthy. But in reality, pornographers don’t care about the self-worth of the actors they employ, they just care about the money. When someone else is profiting off of your sex life, that should be a red flag!
Earlier this month I tweeted a quote I found inspiring and interesting. Here is the tweet:
I thought that was a fairly harmless and non-confrontational tweet. But much to my surprise it attracted the attention of a couple of twitter users who have apparently made it their lives’ goal to defend the porn industry.
“Why do the nations rage, when the King is on His throne? Now and forever He will reign.”
Let’s be honest family, last night was an emotional one for most of us. A quick look at social media shows a polarized church, some shouting for joy, others lamenting and weeping. I know that many of my brothers and sisters in Christ are now feeling the same way I felt at the end of the primarys :”How could it get like this? How could this happen? My nation has let me down!” and yet others are feeling that God has preformed a huge miracle, and are celebrating with jubilee. How do we reconcile conflicting political opinion in the church? We could argue, we could be frustrated about what the other side is tweeting, we could be bewildered that so-and-so would post THAT to their Facebook… or we can remember that God is on the throne, and always has been. Continue reading →
What does the Bible say about every sin being the same? That’s a great question, and the answer is clear: every sin is not the same. Every sin is not equal. Sins are different and have different levels of severity! “How can that be? So many people say all sins are the same!” I hear you protest, so let me start by explaining why Christian’s insist on telling us all that all sins are the same.
The question of “What is biblical discipleship?” is one that I think should be better examined in the Christian church. The term disciple is used in the bible, often times referring to groups of people following Jesus, and especially to the original twelve men that Jesus called and whom followed him faithfully (well sort of faithfully) until His resurrection. Continue reading →