Category Archives: Interesting Reads

Interesting Article – “Breaking Up With Porn” by Jarrid Wilson

Pornography is a serious issue. It’s not one that’s talked about nearly as much as it needs to be. Often it gets lumped into the wide topic of Sexual Immorality without being discussed individually on the same level pre-marital sex and homosexuality. Surprisingly enough, men aren’t the only ones who struggle with pornography anymore, although it still is a sexual sin men deal with more than women. Jarrid Wilson writes a short article with stats and advice to help christians break up with their pornography addiction. Here’s an excerpt (Read the full article here)

Here are some stats:

– 54% of Christians said they had watched pornographic material within the last year. (survey from pastors.com)

– 47% of Christian households said that porn is a struggle in their household. (2003 focus on the family survey)

Pretty crazy, huh?

Jarrid Wilson goes on to list 5 methods to help you on your struggle. One of the biggest (and often most ignored) weapons in your fight is ACCOUNTABILITY. Let’s face it – you aren’t alone. But satan wants you to feel that you are so that he can pick at your faith, self confidence and self esteem. This is an incredibly difficult journey to embark on that is exponentially harder if you try to do it alone. Talk to someone you trust. Have that person block/monitor the sites you visit. You have to be honest to beat your pornography addiction, and you have to stay in your word.

For those struggling with it, I’ll be transparent enough to say that it’s something I’ve struggled with since I was a teenager. Over time, I’ve gotten better (by the grace of God), but there are still times when I fall. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. But know this, God is greater. Greater than your struggles and your enemy. Greater than your doubts and your failures. He’s already provided you with the power to beat this thing. You can, and will, break up with pornography.

For all those out their struggling, I’m praying for you. Did Jarrid Wilson’s tips help out? How do you feel about the stats he gave? Weigh in.

~Signing Off

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Interesting Article – “The State Of Christian Hip Hop: Balancing Business & Ministry” By David Daniels

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This is a FANTASTIC article for every Christian Hip-Hop artist, producer, promoter and listener to read. DJ Wade-O has been releasing a series of articles entitled “The State Of Christian Hip Hop”. While the first edition dealt with the artistry of CHH, this issue tackles the difficulties balancing business and ministry (as I’m sure you got from the title of the article). Here’s a great quote from the intriguing article written David Daniels: (Full link to the article here)

“Thomason applauded Washer for leading the Christian hip-hop marketing revolution saying it saved the game, but he hasn’t clapped for all who followed in his footsteps.

Collision’s CEO said when some labels realized they could chart on iTunes, they began to think, “How can we make this happen?” compared to what was previously a complete reliance on God.

He added that many looked at Reach’s success—saw attractive album covers and advertisements—and attempted to reproduce a branding-focused formula, all while forgetting that the label’s pure craft and worship were at the center of its success.

“People took what was supposed to be craft and greatness of the Lord and we turned it into a den of thieves and robbers,” said Thomason. “When you take a gift that was given to you and use it to build up yourself and your brand, that’s a language, us vs. them, which isn’t of the kingdom.”

That “us vs. them” attitude has Christian hip hop resembling one’s local high school—there are too many cliques.
“There’s a lot of people in Christian rap who act like divas,” said K-Drama.

Butta P of Rhema Soul claimed the genre is so cliquey that if an artist isn’t connected to a group, he or she is likely to go unnoticed. She sees Christian hip hop as one huge movement rather than a collective of competitors.

D-MAUB felt the same way and believes Christian artists are called to promote one another.

“Here’s what I don’t believe,” he said, “that God will not bless me because I’m helping promote somebody else who’s doing it for the Kingdom. That’s a selfish, backward, greedy mindset.”

D-MAUB said too many artists worry about their brand more than their Christian community.”

Whoa. The article is packed with many hard hitting truths about the downfalls of an industry filled with people who find it challenging to balance business and ministry. To be transparent, I’ve been struggling with the same thing for years now. Wanting to put God first, but falling into the trap of focusing on my own “Brand” too much. It’s an easy pitfall to fall into. My belief is that constant study of the Word, being an active part of your church, and having a group of humble christians to hold you accountable are great ways to avoid becoming imbalanced.

What do you think?

~Signing Off

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Interesting Article – “I Am Damaged Goods” by Sarah Bessey

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I stumbled across this article and I had to share it. The author Sarah Bessey shares a personal experience of being and feeling shamed for her sexual impurity at a young age, and how it affected her faith and outlook on life for a lengthy period of time. Here’s a great except from her article: (Full link to the article here)

We, the majority non-virgins in the myopic purity conversations,  feel like the dirty little secret, the not-as-goods, the easily judged example.  In this clouded swirl of shame, our sexual choices are the barometer of our righteousness and worth. We can’t let any one know, so we keep it quiet, lest any one discover we were not virgins on some mythic wedding night. We don’t want to be the object of disgust or pity or gossip or judgement. And in the silence, our shame – and the lies of the enemy – grow.

And so here, now, I’ll stand up and say it, the way I wish someone had said it to me fifteen years ago when I was sitting in that packed auditorium with my heart racing, wrists aching, eyes stinging, drowning and silenced by the imposition of shame masquerading as ashes of repentance:

“So, you had sex before you were married.

It’s okay.

Really. It’s okay.

There is no shame in Christ’s love. Let him without sin cast the first stone. You are more than your virginity – or lack thereof – and more than your sexual past.

Let me start by saying this: Even though this article is written from a woman’s perspective and story, PLEASE don’t make the mistake in thinking that both men and women deal with the guilt and shame that can come with lustful sin. Is sexual impurity before marriage wrong? Yes. Whether it’s sex before marriage or pornography, the Bible makes it clear what the standard is. Yet so many of us fall short (myself included) and live with this “infinite shame” of this “unwashable” sin. But God FORGIVES. God HEALS. And most importantly, God still LOVES. We can’t and shouldn’t guilt ourselves into trying to earn God’s love and acceptance back. First of all, His love and acceptance was never taken away. Secondly, we couldn’t earn His love even if we tried. It’s by grace and mercy that we can even walk this earth as Christians with a promised eternity of beauty, not our own merits and good works. I’m not saying act as if nothing has happened. I’m saying repent and be free of your guilt and sin, and be OPEN to others who are struggling with sexual purity. I truly believe we as a body of Christ has to be much less judgmental and much more TRANSPARENT. No one is without sin.

What do you think about the article? How have you approached your quest fro sexual purity? Do you struggle with your self-esteem or self-image due to a past sin? Weigh in.

~ Signing Off

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Interesting Article – “I’m Not Afraid to Raise Daughters” by Jen Wilkin

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I wanted to share this article because it’s an interesting read. The author (Jen Wilkin) is a mother for four, and she asks the question “Why do men with sons seem to express ‘gladness’ that they don’t have daughters?” Here is a quick excerpt: (Full link to the article here)

“I reject this analysis of the risk. I reject the fear-mongering apparitions of predatory sons and pregnant daughters as motivators for my parenting. This philosophy believes a pregnant daughter is the worst thing a parent has to fear. This is far from the truth. My greatest concern cannot be that they reach marriage unsullied and unharmed—it must be that they grow to love God above all else. If they make mistakes on the road to adulthood, even mistakes with permanent consequences, we must face them bravely and run to their Savior for forgiveness and help.

Do you think your sons are at less risk to be harmed by wrong decisions? You take too much comfort in their lack of a uterus. You have calculated the risk only in physical terms. There are always consequences for sin—some of them just gestate longer. If you considered my daughters as valuable as if they were your own, you would raise different sons. In all likelihood, one day you will have daughters. Raise sons who choose them well.”

She questions the culture that makes it seem “safer” to raise sons over daughters. Men typically are afraid to have daughters because they know what young boys are like, and that’s where the fundamental problem is. I believe men have a responsibility to be examples to younger boys to teach them how to respect and treat women – a responsibility so many men have forgotten. What are your feelings on the subject? Parents, what are your thoughts? Weigh in.

~ Signing off.

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