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April 2014

Blog No. 3 U R what U consume/Why Chuck is awesome!

When I was a teen, there was this phrase in the computing world G.I.G.O. (Garbage In Garbage Out), whatever you enter into a computer expect to get it back (they weren’t intelligent enough to question you! Which was not a bad thing when you now have Windows Vista questioning your every click!)

If I surrounded myself with people who behave badly, I will replicate their behaviour, as it would become normal to me.  At college, instead of reading around a subject or revising, my friends and I played card-games or played on the Nintendo 64, as that was the normal behaviour for my peer group.

We are called in Philippians 4:8 to think upon pure, right, lovely things.  I know that certain things I think are wrong for Christians to watch/listen/do, other people may believe is fine and vice versa, I loved to watch “Two and a Half Men” as I found it  funny and harmless, until Charlie Sheen went “off the rails” and his real life was identical to his character from the show, I came to the decision that it was no longer a good program to watch.

My current favourite program is “Chuck” , is awesome, if you haven’t seen it, you are missing out!  If it wasn’t for the shooting (which understandably my wife doesn’t want our young son to see), we would all sit and watch it as a family, it’s clean humour, there’s friendship, love, family, espionage, everything you would want in a family show!  But no doubt, someone, somewhere would find fault with it.

I would never let my son watch films with murder and people getting hurt, I was surprised (but chuckled), when he started punching the air, saying “kung-fu panda” over and over again!  I was shocked when, as I was walking him to school, his schoolmate walked up and pretended to cut his throat! What on earth had that boy been exposed to?!

Children are like sponges, whatever they are exposed to, eventually they will imitate, and to an extent adults do the same, just watch the different behaviour that occurs in city centres around clubs and bars most nights.  Normal people would not behave like they do when they are with a large group and after getting drunk.

Almost every time the Hebrews got enslaved in the old testament they started following the idols of their captors, although they knew the god of Abraham, their long-held beliefs went out of the window.  We can be like that in some way, we know Jesus as our lord and saviour, but we can be easily influenced by un-biblical theology, such as the prosperity gospel (I have seen books based on a single verse on the prayer of jabez!)

YES– God wants to bless us, he has all the resources under the sun to provide for all our needs, but if we seek first the kingdom of god (by looking for god in everything, and thanking him for all you have already!)  Then we will have a more content life, a more fulfilling life.  There are preachers like the “Green Hanky Brigade” who mislead viewers/listeners into thinking if they order the “green prosperity handkerchief” they will be blessed by God financially.  As I said before, God already wants to bless us with what we NEED, we just need to allow him to work.

If we spent all our waking moments immersed in listening to/reading solely “christian” media and ignored the world around us, our faith and the knowledge/love that God has given us will stay “under a lamp“, in other words, how can people know and experience God if we do not show them the difference he makes in our lives.


Being a #Nerd For Christ

For over a year or so I have been in contact with a group of people who are proud to be called “Nerds“, films about high school make the “Nerds” seem weak and defenceless, but what people forget is 10 years later, these nerds will own and run companies that the “jocks” will end up working for!

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word Nerd as:-

“Noun informal- a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious, a single-minded expert in a particular technical field

But this is not true of the people I know, I am not sure whether it is due to places like Twitter or The Nerd Machine, but most if not all of them are quite sociable and are not boringly studious, in fact almost the opposite!  There is a video which explores the similarities between “Nerds” and “Religious” people, it compares the passion and fanaticism that nerds have towards Star Wars with the passion and fanaticism that “religious” people have towards their faith.  It is funny and does have a point, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with being passionate about what you believe!  In fact I think that it is important that we are!  I find it interesting that a lot of Nerds that I have come across have a “faith“, the majority being a Christian faith!

Some atheists are passionately “anti-god”, Richard Dawkins loves a debate, but it has been said “If God did not exist as Dawkins claims, then Dawkins would be jobless as being an atheist debater is his main occupation!”  I like a good discussion, it was my strap-line for this blog, until it was said to me that it “was too confusing!” I could never dream of going up against Richard Dawkins, as I am no good at thinking on my feet, but if someone contacted me via email/tweet/comment, I would gladly reply and discuss/explore their points and our differing beliefs as I am interested in how others think!

Nerds, stereotypically know vast amounts of information about computing/movies/TV Programmes, they are considered obsessive! But, if this is balanced with spending time reading the word of God, and making sure you make time for just waiting and listening for God to speak and inspire you, I cannot see much wrong with it!

The best way of being a “witness” for God is to live your life in a way that shows that you are passionate about your faith, I know not all of us would dress up as a bible character for fancy-dress parties, but being able to quote the bible in the same way a “Nerd” is able to recite quotes from Star Wars or Star Trek must be a good thing.  We are called to “always be ready to give a reason for the hope we have“, like how “Nerds” are always ready to say why Chuck is so awesome, or why one Star Trek movie is worse than another!

I once led a discipleship group for some older teens, my overall aim was to help them discuss things in the group, so that when those issues came up in their school or social life, they would know what they believe and why they believed it!  People cannot argue with your experience, a true first-hand testimony is undeniable evidence even in a court of law!  Others can say “maybe you were mistaken!” but if you know God was “at work” nothing can take that away!

So be Nerdy this week, read his word, the holy spirit will remind you of God’s word when you need it, and become so passionate about your faith that people cannot help but notice it!

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