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Christian Life Hack #4: Answering Challenges about Reality Stars

It is true that some reality stars have given Christianity a bad name. Many reality stars claiming to be Christians may in fact actually be Christians, but their lives on camera always show that they are far from perfect.

So how should we respond when someone tells us they don’t like Christianity because of how Christians act (especially those on Television)?

Simple: We tell them that Christians are not perfect and that we are all in the process of learning to be more like Christ. Each Christian is at a different stage in that process.

And while some people falsely claim to be Christians, real Christians though not perfect should be in the process of becoming less sinful in their day-to-day lives.

Where are you in that process? How does the way you live testify about the truthfulness of the God you believe in?

Christian Life Hack #3: How to focus on God when things get CRAZY!!!

Do you ever lose your focus, get stressed, and forget to turn to God for help?

Do you ever get so overwhelmed that you feel like you just can’t do anything?

Christian Life Hack: Think of a quick one sentence prayer that you can say whenever things start to get out of control.

Such a prayer will help you re-focus on the the situation, it will help you remember to trust in God, and it will help you to listen for his voice in your heart as he leads you through the situation.

Here are some example prayers. We call these breathe prayers because you can say them very quickly.

“God I need your help.”

“God you are in control.”

God give me strength.”

Take a few moments, come up with a prayer and then practice saying it a few times. Then the next time you get stressed, say the prayer and see how the situation changes.

Christian Life Hack #2: Is the Media Trying to Indoctrinate Me?

Sometimes we worry about the messages we receive on the radio, on TV, in movies, in books, on the news, etc. We ask ourselves, “Is the media trying to indoctrinate me?”

To answer this in brief: Yes it is.

But not in some over-arching sinister way.

See, every song has a message. Every show has a message. You get the idea.

Because everything in media has a message, it often seems like the media itself is conspiring to re-shape our minds so that everyone thinks the same way about everything.

However, because each thing in media has a different writer, director, actor, singer, etc. There is no real consistency in the media.

Media reflects culture and shapes it at the same time.

So how do we deal with the messages we see on TV or in other forms of media from a Christian perspective.

The Answer:  2 Peter 3:17-18

17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We must guard our hearts and minds so that we recognize claims about how to think that are in contradiction with the clear teachings of Scripture.

The more Scripture we know, the better we can guard our hearts. The better we guard our hearts, the less likely we will be led astray by claims that are contrary to how God would have us think and act.

What are your thoughts on this?

Christian Life Hack #1: Song Lyrics

Your in the car listening to your favorite radio station and a song comes on that says something contrary to your beliefs as a Christian…what do you do?

You could change the station, turn off the radio, or keep listening. But what should you do? What if your favorite song is going to be played next?

If you believe the song will lead you into sin, then I suggest you change the station at least momentarily. But another option that I recommend is to listen to the words of the song, think about why the singer has that perspective, next think about why you disagree with whatever it is that the song is promoting, and finally think about what you believe about that topic.

By thinking about the lyrics, you will gain insight into the perspective of another person, you will be caused to think about why you hold your beliefs, and you might find a way to relate to someone you know who you have been trying to share Jesus with. Of course…doing this also requires you to use your mind as you listen.

What are your thoughts on this life hack? Can listening to something you disagree with draw you closer to God? Is it justification for sin? Is it being too much in the world? Is it a way of dialoging with those who have different perspectives on truth? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.