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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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