Are Churches Becoming Too "Woke" In An Attempt To Reach Millennials?

If you do a quick search on Google for “church attendance decreases among millennials,” you will see multiple mainstream media stories pop up on your screen. It is a verifiable fact that among millennials, church attendance, and overall interest in religious faith is on the decline.

Churches know this, and many of them are trying to bring millennials back into the church fold. While some are trying more traditional ways in reaching the next generation of Americans by offering Sunday school or small group Bible studies to complement their Sunday services, others are trying more inventive ways of reaching out. 

I am all for innovation and trying new ways to reach others with a positive Biblical message. Young Americans need a message of hope, and a local church they can attend that will invest in their lives.

However, in an effort to reach millennials and the upcoming Generation Z with the gospel message, some churches may be trying too hard to appeal to “woke” millennials by becoming too much like the secular culture in which they live.

Previously, I wrote about a San Francisco church that held a “Beyoncé mass” that included songs from the popular singer, but that is just one example of how some churches are possibly crossing a line and going too far in an effort to appeal to the churchless. There are other examples that are equally as concerning.

A pastor at a church in Atlanta announced that aerialists would be a regular part of their worship services. Another church in South Carolina meets at a local tavern on Sundays, which sounds like something the gang on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” would do to try to make extra money at their bar on Sundays when it’s closed. That has sitcom episode plot written all over it.

I know other churches that play secular music before services and replace sermons during summer months with movies including PG-13 films that contain questionable content that thankfully they edit out.

I have no problem modernizing the church by using new technology and contemporary music. If we aren’t offering services that fit today’s society, then no one will be able to relate or will come. For example, there are probably no millennials that would attend a church that performed Gregorian chants. That isn’t going to work in 2018. Times change and the church does need to change some of their methods to keep up with the times.

However, the church needs to be careful in their attempts to reach the world that they don’t become like the world. When deciding on meeting at a bar or trying a new way to present the gospel, we must be careful that we aren’t sending a mixed message to the unchurched that makes certain behavior seem ok. The gospel message should always be clear and never watered-down.

Honest, Biblical truth is what will keep people coming back. If they’re coming simply because of the venue, music style or because they think beer may be on tap, you may be doing church wrong.

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Christians Should Embrace Netflix As The Service Plans To Produce Original Christian Shows

Netflix has found religion. For many religious readers that may come as a shock considering the world’s largest streaming video on-demand service brought the world Frank Underwood and "Orange is the New Black."

Fox News reported that Netflix is planning to launch a slate of faith and family-friendly programming to be a part of the planned 700 original TV shows the service intends to make in 2018.

Yes, producing 700 shows is a lot of content, but when you’re spending $8 billion per year on programming, producing almost a thousand new shows probably isn't an impossible task.

I think Netflix producing original faith-based programming is a smart business move. There are millions of not only Americans but families around the world that would like to subscribe to the streaming service but won’t due to a lack of family-friendly program offerings. This is a business decision that Christians should support.

The company has the budget and talent that will allow them to produce high quality and entertaining Christian content. No Christian filmmaker can come close to matching the resources of Netflix.  

With the almost countless options viewers have for TV entertainment, producing quality shows is more important than ever. Having Christian shows on Netflix will take Christian entertainment to a new level and will possibly reach many viewers that otherwise would never watch Christian movies and shows because most non-Christians are not going to subscribe to a Christian video service. However, they will watch Netflix.

If Christians want to reach millennials and other nonbelievers with the gospel, there is no better way in 2018 than through the media and no bigger service than Netflix to use to do it.    

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Posted on August 12, 2018 .

Will Trump Make America High Again By Allowing More Legalization Of Marijuana During His Term?

Marijuana is now mainstream in not only American pop culture, but in American politics. You need to look no further than in one of the reddest of red states, Texas, for proof that pot may top the list of previously forbidden items that will soon be legal.

Forbes reported delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention voted to approve the decriminalization of marijuana, medical cannabis, and industrial hemp. They also want the federal government to change cannabis's classification from a schedule 1 drug.

A recent Quinnipiac poll found 61 percent of Texas voters support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of Mary Jane for personal use. Thirty-four percent were opposed. The poll reported 51 percent of Republicans oppose legalization as well as 51 percent of those 65 and older. However, every other demographic wants to light up.

President Trump earlier this month stated he supports pending bipartisan legislation that allows states to implement their own marijuana legalization laws without federal interference including states that have already decriminalized or legalized the drug.

With America already facing an opioid crisis, I believe President Trump and the Republicans are wrong to support any legislation that will make it easier for Americans to have access to a dangerous drug like marijuana.

While Hollywood turns pot use into a joke, they ignore the real-life side effects of use including a higher risk of suicide later in life by teenagers that regularly use pot, the risk of heart disease doubling from use, the dangerous carcinogens contained in marijuana, and the quadruple risk of depression coming from use.

When a young person becomes hooked on marijuana and then possibly other drugs later, Hollywood celebrities won’t be there to pick up the shattered pieces of a broken young man or woman.

If you want real life examples other than just words on a screen, Google videos from Dr. Phil’s show on how drugs have impacted his show’s guests lives. It’s a sad situation to view. Or, just look around in your own community and you will find many whose lives have been ruined by trying marijuana just once.

If President Trump and the Republicans want to protect American children and families, they must support efforts against further legalization of marijuana. It will only increase the drug epidemic in America.

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Posted on June 24, 2018 .

Should Social Media Increase The Minimum Age To Open An Account To Protect Teenagers From The Potential Harmful Side Effects Of Use?

In America, we have placed restrictions on certain behaviors to protect teenagers from the harmful side effects of participating in potentially dangerous activities.

You can’t buy cigarettes or lottery tickets until you’re 18. You can’t legally purchase alcohol until you’re 21. 

On many social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, you must be 13 or older to open an account. On YouTube, you must be 18.

As a society, we understand that teenagers need to be more mature to decide if they will use cigarettes or alcohol because we want to make sure their brains are developed enough to comprehend the potential pitfalls of using these substances.

However, we allow children as young as 13 to be able to sign up for social media that contains not only a lot of adult content they could accidentally browse, but recent studies are starting to show possible links to mental health issues arising from social media use including increases in anxiety and depression among young users. Not to mention the peer pressure that is occurring from using these platforms.

A sixteen-year-old interviewed by Deseret News stated she watched her friend develop an eating disorder after feeling fat because of fitness accounts on Instagram that contained photos of beautiful, skinny, toned bodies. While a young girl developing an eating disorder is nothing to celebrate, there is some good news concerning this subject.

It seems that more teens are starting to notice the negatives of social media. In a recent Pew Research Center study, 24 percent of teens said they view social media as mostly negative.

In a recent week-long, “social media fast” encouraged by the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the LDS teens that participated reported feeling happier not using social networks for a week.

As with other activities in life, social media can be used for a lot of good things, but as discussed, it can also cause real harmful effects to its users, especially teens.

To help protect children from the potentially harmful effects of social media use, maybe it’s time that an older minimum age sign up restriction is placed on these platforms. If limiting use by younger teens isn’t an option, social networks should at least offer more parental controls on their sites.

Parents wouldn’t let their kids smoke a six pack of Camels at 13. Maybe it’s time to not let them log on to social media for the toxic side effects that come from its use.

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America Has Replaced The Judeo-Christian Moral Foundation That Built The Nation With Our Own Morally Relevant Created House Of Cards

While President Trump is making the economy great again and making other great political moves to benefit the nation, underneath all the positives, there lies a country in chaos that is full of deep despair and pain.

It seems almost weekly now in America there is a terrible and heartbreaking situation that unfolds live as we watch on cable news.

From school shootings to suicides of celebrities, there is never a shortage of tragic events for the media to share.

Recent reports have shown an increase in loneliness among Americans, especially among millennials and teens.

There is the opioid epidemic that to his administration’s credit, Trump is trying to defeat and hopefully save some lives in the process.

In addition, there are broken homes, drug and alcohol addiction, and an overall increase of darkness in the form of violence, anger, and disrespect for authority.

All of these problems in America have many searching for answers. They are desperate for a solution. Some say it’s all a mental health issue and that people simply need counseling. Others say the answer is putting people on more anti-depressant medication. There are even others that say the answer is more political correctness in the form of diversity and tolerance.

While I am not personally against people seeking counseling and for some situations being prescribed medication, none of these are the answer to what is the root cause of all of our societal problems.

In America, as a society, we have moved away from the Judeo-Christian moral foundation that our nation was built upon. We have tried to replace the sturdy and true foundation of Christianity with one of own making. As we are currently witnessing, this manmade created morally relevant house of cards is collapsing.

We’ve told ourselves lies that we can have a society apart from God where we make the rules and that this will make us happier. Instead, the opposite is being proven true with each new tragedy on the front page of the morning paper.

Unless America comes back to our heritage and the moral foundation that built the nation, I’m afraid we will continue to see tragedies fill our social media news feeds.

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Don't Believe The Made-For-TV Televangelist Version Of The Gospel That Wants You To Fund Private Jets. Jesus Would Fly Economy Class

Regardless of the industry or social situation, there are fakers, liars, and scammers. There are dishonest cops, lying accountants, scammers that will cheat you out of money in a Ponzi scheme, and just overall bad people that you may come into contact with. Of course, most people are decent.

Religion is no different. There is a multitude of really awesome, caring, and heartfelt preachers all doing it for the right reasons. You also have some that for example, believes God told them you need to donate to his $54 million new jet fund.

I’m talking of course about televangelists. We all could name a hand full of them that we all question what their real purpose is for being on TV.

The televangelists that go on TV and say that God is about to bless you with a million dollars or you’ll be cured of sickness if you buy their holy water are doing great harm to the gospel by not preaching the actual Bible. In addition, they are also scamming people out of money by twisting the message of the Bible.

If I’m not a Christian and I see a preacher on TV saying something ridiculous like God wants you to donate money to his new jet fund, I can understand why they might not want to wake up on a Sunday morning to go to a church service. All they see is hypocrisy.

It’s so important that those of us that are Christian help point our non-Christian friends to Biblically based preachers so they won’t be swindled by religious snake oil salesmen in a cheap suit promoting an unbiblical prosperity gospel. These charlatans give the really good TV preachers a bad name.

I can’t look inside the hearts of these men (and women) that are on TV to know if they’re doing it for the right reason or if somewhere along the road, it started becoming more about money than the gospel. Regardless, they have done great harm to the cause of Christ.

People are searching for something real and truthful (especially millennials) which is why they seek out televangelists. However, too many times they don’t see real, but instead they see fake.

In a media world of fake Hollywood productions, the one place they should be able to find something real is on Christian television. Sadly, in many instances, they see a preacher that has more bling than a rapper at the top of the Billboard charts.

It’s true. Jesus wouldn’t ride a donkey today, but he probably wouldn’t have three jets either. He’d probably fly economy class.

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Snapchat's "Cosmo After Dark" Controversy Is Only The Beginning Of The Questionable Content That Is Just A Snap Away From Kids

Snapchat found itself in the middle of a controversy after parents were upset over the new “Cosmo After Dark” Snapchat channel. The Cosmo channel from Cosmopolitan magazine featured adult themed content that was easily accessible to any underage Snapchat user.

The social app has deleted the channel from its Snapchat Discover Platform after the outcry, but there is still plenty of adult themed content available for underage users to view.

I’m not a big user of Snapchat, but I will occasionally log on and browse the app to see what content is available on the site. Long before the Cosmo After Dark controversy, I’ve notice questionable content on the app.  

There is almost an endless supply of content on the Snapchat Discover channels tab. This afternoon, I opened the app to browse what some of the branded content available was and while some is harmless, like ESPN or The Wall Street Journal, there are some brands that have been producing questionable content for the Snapchat audience for years.

Just some of the brands that contain content that is sometimes unsuitable for an underage audience include Vice, Cosmopolitan (Yes, Cosmo After Dark is gone, but their main channel is still active), and GQ. The lead story on the GQ channel was titled “How to tell someone you ONLY wanna hook up.” Definitely not PG rated content.

This mature content is open and available for almost any minor to see, which is why Snapchat and other social networks need to put more safe guards in place to protect children from this mature content. There is no way to verify ages on Snapchat. All a 13 year has to do is pick a random birth year at signup. This needs to change.

Of course, parents need to be more involved and monitor their kid’s online activity, but Silicon Valley needs to do a better job protecting children from mature content by making it more difficult for them to access this content on their apps.

If the federal government wants to regulate the tech titans like Facebook, they should start by passing legislation that will hold them more accountable for the adult themed content that is just a Snap away from children.

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Background Material: 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/24/snapchat-cosmo-dark-easy-access-porn-young-people/

The Day The Music Died: Spotify Partners With Liberal Organizations to Monitor Music For "Hate Content." The Decision Opens The Door To A Potential Free Speech Slippery Slope

Spotify has announced a partnership with liberal organizations including the anti-Christian and anti-conservative Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change, and other liberal groups to monitor the music service for “hate content.”

The Daily Caller reports that Spotify defines “hate content” as content “that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

However, Spotify admits that it’s a subjective standard. They said that there “will always be content that is acceptable in some circumstances but is offensive in others, and we will always look at the entire context.”

So one man’s violent hard rock is another man’s art. One man’s misogynistic rap is another man’s Snoop Dogg.

I’m all for not promoting hate, but we all know that these organization’s definition of what constitutes “hate” is a bias standard that could become a slippery slope. If they want to partner with organizations to find “hate content,” they should make it fair by allowing conservative organizations to participate as well. Of course, that won’t happen.

Once you start allowing certain organizations to monitor and deem what is good and what is bad, you’ve opened the door to freedom of speech being oppressed. In the long run, that’s not good for either side: left or right.

The best solution to the “hate content” problem on Spotify is the free market. As Americans we should not support musicians with our hard enough money that promotes a worldview that doesn’t share our values.

I love music and I love Spotify, but this isn’t the solution to “hate content.” In fact, it will create more problems than it will solve. Thanks to this decision, the free world just got a little less rockin.’

Update: Spotify announced two weeks later a reversal to the policy. 

Posted on May 21, 2018 .

Twitter is a 24-Hour Outrage Cycle With New Ridiculous "Outrages" Being Retweeted Daily

Ever since CNN signed on in 1980, the news media has operated on a 24-hour news cycle that has consisted of countless hours of coverage of top headlines and breaking news. Well, that’s what CNN used to do. Now it’s just wall-to-wall (or maybe I should say pole-to-pole) coverage of Stormy Daniels. 

Before cable news, journalism outlets had a news cycle, but it wasn’t a constant stream of news. Most of the time it was on a day delay and was printed in the next edition of the newspaper or it waited until the broadcast TV evening news that night.

Today, thanks to social media (and especially Twitter), the 24-hour cable news cycle has been replaced by a minute-by-minute live stream outrage cycle.

Almost every day on Twitter there is a new “outage” or “controversy” that goes viral and gets retweeted hundreds of thousands of times. In almost every instance, the “outage” that has “Woke Twitter” so upset, is ridiculous and a nonstory.

Let’s examine some recent Twitter outrages that were so upsetting, I’m not sure some people were able to go on with their lives.

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely posted a photo as a joke on Twitter of his daughter and her prom date with him between the two holding a gun (that I’m sure was unloaded because he’s a responsible parent) that made Twitter more upset than Atlanta Falcons fans in the second half of the Super Bowl.

This is the oldest joke in the bad dad joke playbook that has been used for decades by dads everywhere. Before Twitter, everyone laughed at the joke and then went on with their lives and never thought anything else about it.

Speaking of prom, Utah teen Keziah Daum wore a traditional Chinese cheongsam dress to her prom and then posted some of the prom photos to her Twitter. What should’ve been an enjoyable evening with friends and a fun memory, turned into her having to defend herself online for wearing a dress to prom.

One guy didn’t like it and so half of Twitter had to join in and attack this teenage girl for wearing a nice dress. Attacking a teenager says more about them than it does anything she has probably ever said on Twitter.

And by the way, according to USA Today, users of a Chinese social network loved her dress. One user stated, "It is not cultural appropriation, it's cultural appreciation." Another user asked, "Can anyone living in the US let the girl know that many Chinese people think she looks stunning in this beautiful dress?"

Brenna Spencer, a college senior, posted a graduation photo on her Twitter of her carrying a gun that scared so many on Twitter, they may still be in counseling over the photo. Remember kids, sticks and stones can break your bones, but a photo of Brenna Spencer carrying a gun can’t hurt you.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence wore a dress in cold London weather for a publicity shoot for her latest movie and the Tweeting busybodies got in gear demanding she put on a coat. Lawrence is an adult. I’m sure she’s smart enough to know if she needs or wants a jacket. She doesn’t need Twitter to help her decide.

Twitter is a great tool to connect with those that have similar interests and to have discussions of issues. When I say issues, I mean legitimate social and political issues. Not prom dresses, graduation photos, or Jennifer Lawrence’s wardrobe choices.

There are so many real issues (homelessness, sex trafficking, taxes, healthcare, immigration reform, online privacy, etc.) that are worthy of highlighting and retweeting on the platform. Wasting time promoting in the media and retweeting nonissues is taking time and attention away from real, important, serious issues.

Let’s hope that one day Twitter users can grow up and use the platform to Tweet serious discussions and not waste everyone’s timeline on “outrages” that are not even controversial.

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Background Material: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/02/21/this-is-not-feminism-jennifer-lawrence-tells-critics-of-her-versace-dress-to-get-a-grip/?utm_term=.69d912d461d9

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/04/chinese-ok-utah-teens-controversial-cheongsam-prom-dress/580062002/

https://twitter.com/BrennaSpencer/status/982703688853741568

https://twitter.com/daumkeziah/status/988115815068139520

http://newschannel9.com/news/nation-world/ex-nfflkicker-jay-feely-facing-backlash-over-picture-with-gun-daughter

 

San Francisco Church Holding A Beyoncé Mass Serves As The Latest Example of The Creeping Secularism Inside The Church

A San Francisco church recently held a Beyoncé Mass that featured songs from the pop superstar. This unusual, nontraditional service gained national attention for obvious reasons and raised concerns within the Christian community. 

The Rev. Jude Harmon, the director of innovative ministries at the Grace Cathedral, said that "I know there are people who will say using Beyoncé is just a cheap way of trying to get people in the church, but Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions. He regularly provoked. We're following in the way of Jesus."

That’s true. Jesus did have a way of getting people’s attention and getting them talking, but I’m not sure he would’ve ever done it by using the music of a secular pop singer in the church.

Playing her music in the church I believe sends a mixed message. On the one hand, you are a church allegedly promoting a Christian and Biblical viewpoint, but at the same time you’re promoting in the church a singer that has songs and lyrics that definitely are not promoting a Biblical message.

According to Fuse TV, her latest album contains many raunchy lyrics that I’m not gonna quote, but if you’re curious, Google the lyrics to the songs “Blow” and “Drunken in Love.” One song even has a Monica Lewinsky reference!

To be fair, I believe Beyoncé is a very talented singer and a beautiful woman. I like some of her songs (the clean ones). However, this Beyoncé Mass is another example of the creeping progressivism and secularism that is finding its way into houses of worship. Too many churches are allowing the secular culture to influence them, instead of them influencing the secular culture.

This trend didn’t start with the Beyoncé mass. Some churches have been holding U2 Eucharist (U2charist) for the past decade that features songs from the Bono led band.

I believe this creeping secularism within the walls of the church is confusing a lot of people about what the church stands for and its values. When it comes to the message of the church, there should be no doubt where it stands. Unfortunately, the message of some houses of worship is becoming less clear than trying to hear a Beyoncé song on a static filled radio station.  

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Free Thinking Kanye West Gives Groupthink Hollywood The Ultimate MAGA Meltdown

Kanye West is giving liberal Hollywood their biggest Trump meltdown yet. He’s breaking the most important rule about being a celebrity: thinking for yourself.

If you’re a celebrity, you’re not supposed to go against the liberal dogma. Remember, it’s Democrat good, Republican bad.

Obama the best president ever, Trump the worst thing ever in human history.

And repeat this mantra until you can say it in your sleep.

The reaction to the Kanye Tweets by the liberal left is really showing which side actually believes in free speech and free thought.

Newsflash. It’s not the left.

Stephen Colbert said he’s lost his mind. Director James Gunn called him a lunatic. And the list of celebrities goes on and on.

All of this Kanye hate, all because he offered up his opinion. Since his viewpoint doesn’t follow the liberal playbook, where no thinking is allowed, now they all hate him.

It’s just like with Trump. If Trump was still a private citizen running the Trump organization, all the celebrities that bash him now would be the first ones in line to attend a Trump NYC party. Now that Trump is a Republican president and isn’t on board with their agenda, instead of respecting his opinion, they all pretend they have always hated him.

If they really believed in free speech, even though they don’t agree, they would respect Trump’s and Kanye’s opinion.

Hollywood lives in a bubble where everyone shares their viewpoint. It’s almost like a cult. Kanye has popped that bubble.

They would be more than happy to let him back into the clique, but only if he is willing to not use logic, reason and stop coming to his own conclusions.

I believe there are a lot of Kanye’s in the entertainment business that are getting tired of having to hide their opinion and play the liberal media’s game. Kanye could be the beginning of celebrities speaking out.

Kanye, if you’re reading this, you’re about to find out who your real friends are in Hollywood and those that are the fakes. Your real friends will still support you. They won’t bash you or leave you simply for having an opposing opinion.

America, pop some popcorn. The full MAGA meltdown of Hollywood has only begun.

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The Left, The Media And Never Trumpers Are Buzzing And Dreaming About A Nikki Haley 2020 Primary Challenge If Trump Impeachment Doesn't Become A Reality

Each week it seems the media and the Democrats throw something up against the wall in hopes that it’ll stick and Donald Trump will be impeached. Or, he will be so ashamed he’ll have to resign.

So far, nothing has stuck, so the DNC’s latest attempt is to sue basically everybody for them losing the election in 2016 including the Trump campaign, Russia, and Wikileaks.

However, I’ve notice something more important and more interesting that is starting to gain some press buzz over this silly fundraiser that is disguise as a lawsuit.

The Democrats and Never Trumpers have a growing dream that Trump does not run for reelection. If that dream fails, their back up plan is that Nikki Haley challenges him in the primary or she teams up with Mike Pence on a ticket.

This Mike Pence/Nikky Haley dream team they’ve got going on in the media isn’t going to happen because I don’t see Mike Pence going against Trump. He seems to be a very loyal guy. For Haley, as Hillary Clinton found out, it’s hard to run away from the foreign policy of your predecessor when you had a big part in that policy since you worked for the previous administration.

Plus, if Haley did run, there isn’t enough support in the GOP for her to win the nomination. The Trump voters would be so upset at her for running against Trump they wouldn’t vote for her in 2020. However, the 2024 election is a different story.

Nothing is impossible I suppose, but I don’t see Trump giving it up after four years because Trump loves to win. If he still has a lot of his support (or more depending on how the economy does) why would he not run?

If the Democrats take back Congress and have the votes to impeach him, then instead of being impeached, he could step aside after four years. However, impeachment even with a Democrat majority is a long shot because they’ll need public support to try it. Right now that support isn’t there.

Instead of dreaming of impeachment or a Nikki Haley run in 2020, the left and Never Trumpers should wake up from their dreams and join the rest of us in reality. Their dreams have “yuge” (as Trump would say) odds of becoming true.  

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God's Kingdom is Colorblind. And That’s a Beautiful Thing. If Only We Could Have Heaven on Earth! 1/13/18

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While going through a box of CDs to sale, I came across “WOW: The 90s (in case you aren’t a 90s youth group church kid reading this, the WOW CDs collection contained the biggest contemporary Christian hits of the 1990s) and in a moment of nostalgia, I started playing the songs – on Spotify, not via CD. Come on, it’s 2018, no one uses CDs anymore.

While scrolling through the songs, I came across “God so loved” by Jaci Velasquez. I’ve always enjoyed that song and its message. I’ve even enjoyed the Spanish version she recorded of it. Although, I’ve never been able to understood all the words since I don’t speak Spanish, at least I’ve been able to understand the chorus: “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo,” so that’s something I guess. I hope that’s translated right. I used FreeTranslation.com, so if it’s wrong, I blame them! I’ve always thought it’s a pretty song regardless of my translation.

While listening to the Spanish version, I started thinking about Heaven, and how God’s kingdom is colorblind. And that’s a beautiful thing. God loves you no matter your race, no matter where you’re from, no matter what you’ve done.

One day people from all races and places, speaking all languages, will come together to lift their voices to worship God, and when that happens, it’s gonna be a beautiful sound. Just imagine, all languages in unison, from America, to Mexico, to Africa, to China, to New Zealand, and all places in between, with one voice singing together in Heavenly harmony.

Here on Earth, there isn’t a Heavenly chorus in unison, as there are those that are not kind, that do not care, and in some instances, hate others, simply because of their race.

And it’s sad.

If we all treated each other with love and kindness, we all could have a little taste of that Heavenly harmony on Earth. 

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Posted on January 13, 2018 .

How to Change Hollywood to Produce More Movies That Share Your Values

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American conservatives and Christians have complained about the movies that Hollywood produces for years, and rightly so. There are countless number of movies that contain sexual, violent and vulgar content that is not suitable for families and young children.  

A recent Rassmussen reports poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 62% of Americans believe Hollywood has a negative impact on society. With the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal still in the news, it’s no wonder that people feel this way, but that’s not the only reason. Just look at the values of Hollywood overall. La la land is out of touch with the rest of America on a lot of issues.

The content Hollywood produces is a reflection of their values. They are writing what they know and believe. If so many feel that Hollywood has a negative influence on society and they don’t share or live by the values of Hollywood, then then why are you still supporting their movies?

For too long people have complained about Hollywood and the downward moral spiral of the content of their movies, but the problem is that some of those same people continue to go watch these movies. And I get it. Hollywood is great at what they do and you want to see a great movie that is entertaining and suspenseful that has a good story, even if you don’t necessarily agree with the subject matter and worldview of the movie. No one does it better than Hollywood.

We are all guilty of watching movies that don’t share our values and maybe even mock our values, and when we do this we are telling the producers that we support and want more of this type of content. Sometimes a movie seems good, and it turns out to not to be as advertised, that happens, but when we know ahead of time that a movie doesn’t share our values, we should not support it.

If you want Hollywood to change and make movies that are more family friendly and shares your values, you are gonna have to do it by not buying tickets, not renting the DVDs, not streaming films on Netflix. The only thing Hollywood understands is money. You can tweet, blog all day about the values of Hollywood, and they won’t care. You let their movies start losing money and flopping, then you’ll get their attention.

Now, I am realistic and I realize that millions are not gonna stop watching movies, and neither do I believe Hollywood will start producing mostly conservative leaning films that contains traditional values. However, if more of us start putting our money where our mouth is, or for the millennials reading, putting our bitcoins where our tweets are, it can make a difference and it may just be the spark that will lead to a light bulb going off in Hollywood studios executive’s heads that maybe producing more movies that contain traditional values isn’t such a bad idea. And more importantly, from their perspective, a high concept, highly profitable idea.

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Posted on October 22, 2017 .

Dear Millennial Women, You’re Beautiful Inside and Out. Regardless of What The Social Media Culture Says

Dear Millennial Women,

First of all, thanks for taking the time to read this because I know you’re busy. Taking selfies is time consuming.

We live in a crazy, social media driven culture that consumes hours of our lives daily at work, home, and at college. Let’s face it. We all spend too much time on social networking websites and apps. I’m personally trying to spend less time on social media. In fact, I deactivated my Facebook account this week just so I can take a break from it and the constant news feed that consumes so many hours of my life. And guess what? I’ve survived an entire week without checking Facebook. It’s been really refreshing and I haven’t missed out about things happening with my friends (if they’re really your friend, you probably see them or you have their cell number anyways, so you don’t need Facebook).

I’m a dude and as I’ve already mentioned, I’m not big on social media, so I’m not too overly concerned with how I look in photos, sending snaps, posting on Instagram, or gaining likes, followers or comments. Guys are just not as concerned about all this stuff (for example, it's called Mean Girls, not Mean Guys) we are not built that way. God created us differently, and it’s cool because as Weezer famously said, “Thank God for Girls.”

That being said, it can’t be easy to be a woman in today’s social media world that is obsessed with beauty, outward appearance and obtaining as many likes, followers and comments as possible.

Tonight to any and all millennial women (and women of other ages) that reads this, I’m here to tell you that you are worth more than how many likes or comments a post on Facebook receives.

You are more valuable than your bikini shots on Instagram. You are not simply defined by your looks and your outward appearance, or by how many guys comment on your photos on Instagram (and let’s be honest, most of the bros that comment and say inappropriate things probably aren’t worth your time anyways).

There is so much more to you.

You are a human being and you deserve to be treated with respect, and not be judged simply on your selfies on Snapchat.

You have intelligence that goes deeper than 140 characters on Twitter. Your value isn’t defined by how many retweets you receive.

You are so much more than your outward appearance. You were created in the image of God, and your self-worth isn’t based on how popular you are or aren’t on social media. Online, people will judge you for the outward, but your real value lies inward. Our society and culture doesn’t tell you that enough and I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that you are great. You’re beautiful. Regardless of how many swipes you get on Tinder.

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Posted on September 15, 2017 .

Media Business Thoughts on Fox News and How CNN, MSNBC, TheBlaze Should Respond

The following thoughts are from a media business perspective. I LOVE Fox News and this is in no way a criticism of the network or the new line-up. Just thoughts I have concerning the networks from a business mindset. I wish Fox News all the best with the new lineup and in the future! 

If CNN was smart, they'd hire a conservative to do a show at 8pm to give former faithful Bill O'Reilly viewers that may be looking for alternatives to Fox an option. Maybe Mike Huckabee, Laura Ingraham, or some other traditionally conservative personality a show that could steal some Fox viewers that aren't maybe interested in Tucker Carlson. Move Anderson Cooper to 9.

MSNBC should move Rachel Maddow to 8 since she's their biggest (Only?) draw to go head to head with Fox at 8. Or, leave her at 9 and continue to close the ratings gap at that hour since she's been gaining ground there.

Glenn Beck should advertise TheBlaze to disenchanted conservatives that aren't excited about the Fox changes and welcome them to his network. Set it up as a conservative alternative to Fox.

Fox News should run a huge advertisement/PR campaign to let their viewers know that Fox News is still "Fair & Balance" and still "The voice they can trust" to ease any core viewer tension about the new lineup or where the channel is heading. 

And there is always A Whittle Bit of Commentary for you if none of the above networks interest you!

Posted on April 23, 2017 .

America Deserves Better, More In Depth, Effective Debates

I have lost count on how many debates we’ve had so far and it’s not even summer or fall yet. If I read it right online yesterday, there are multiple Republican debates left to go this election cycle. It’s almost getting to be ridiculous how many debates there are.

The debates, not surprisingly, have become media events that are designed to benefit the host network more than it seems to provide information for the American citizenry. This isn’t aimed at a specific network, but an overall generalization. When you watch the debates, do you really learn a lot of new information from the candidates? Have they had a chance to go into detail about their positions, or have they just been able to speak long enough in order for the network to have a sound bite they can use the next day and on their social network pages? As far as networks go, overall, Fox Business and Fox News have done the best job in the debates.

The networks make millions from these debates and the moderators are able to build their career profile from these events. We’ve seen many examples of this. Each candidate and moderator has had bad moments and good moments, but really overall each debate is the same arguments, the same topics. Nothing really new, except which candidate that night is the new target for everyone else to attack.

I think there are better ways to conduct these debates where you could learn more information about the candidates. Why not allow each candidate 20-30 minutes to discuss in detail their platform? No interruptions. Then at the end, the candidates can debate each other and what has been said. The ones that are polling low could be streamed online in an undercard discussion as the other lower tier debates have been.

America deserves a better and more in depth and effective debate format. 

Posted on January 30, 2016 .

Regardless of Which Candidate Wins the Republican Nomination, I'm Voting For Them. Will You?

The election is serious business. There is no doubt about that. It’s important that we elect someone that will uphold the constitution, the law and our values.  

Some of you are die hard Trump supports reading this and no one or anything he does, or says, or has done will change your mind on him. The same goes for Cruz, Rubio, etc. supporters.

With the primaries coming up, I hope you’ll let your voice be heard and vote for which ever candidate you feel shares your values best and will be the President leader for our country for the next four years.

I know you don’t want to believe this, and I hate to be the one to bring you the bad news, but it’s possible your guy doesn’t win the nomination. I know that’s almost impossible for you to believe, but it’s possible.

If your guy (or gal) doesn’t win the Republican nomination, I hope that you will make an effort to help the nominee win the White House by showing support and voting for him or her. Even though you may not agree with him 100% on issues, and even if he isn’t even your third choice for President, I hope you will put your personal disappointment aside that your candidate didn’t win and support the person that has a chance to win because we can’t afford not having a Republican as President in 2017.

I don’t endorse in the primaries because I want to be fair and cover all candidates honestly on A Whittle Bit of Commentary, but I can tell you this, regardless if it’s Trump, Cruz, Rubio or someone else that wins the nomination, I’m voting for him or her, because any of them would be better than the other options on the other side of the political aisle. That is for sure.

Posted on January 24, 2016 .

New Years Message 2016: The Future is Bright If You Follow the Light of the World

The New Year is here. Hard to believe isn’t it? It’s amazing how fast the years go by. I feel that we should just be wrapping up July 4th and here we are already in 2016.

This year will bring a lot of change in our own lives and in the country. We don’t know what all will be in store for us in the year of our Lord, 2016, but I do know that come what may, the good Lord above will keep us, protect us, provide us grace, love and forgiveness.  He’s a good God and we live in a good nation, although we all agree that our country is facing tough times.

Even though we are going through some challenging times in our nation, I know that God is still in control and if we put our trust in Him and His will for us, we can’t go wrong. The future is bright if you follow the light of the world.

So here’s to a New Year that I hope will be full of faith, hope, and love.

Come what may in 2016, keep your eyes on Him and your trust in Him as well.

Whatever happens, I’ll be here. Five days per week covering it all on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

 

Happy New Year. God is Always Good.

Chad Whittle

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Posted on January 2, 2016 .

Why I'm a Christian

Life is not easy. For anyone. There isn’t a person alive that hasn’t had some struggle. Some have health problems. Others have family and emotional problems. Most have financial problems from time to time. Whatever you may personally be going through, have gone through or will go through, life can be difficult.

I am no different. I have had problems in my life as well. Growing up my dad suffered multiple heart attacks and has had more bypass surgeries than I can remember. He’s also diabetic and had to retire due to his health problems when I was in middle school.

Because my dad had to retire, my mom has had to work many jobs over the years to help us make ends meet. It hasn’t been easy for her. She’s worked in public school (and currently does) she has worked as a crossing guard, worked at Burger King, and after school is out, she then goes to her second job of the day until 6:30 at night.  Working from 6:45am to 6:30pm is a long day.

Growing up I always worried about my dad’s health (and still do). I always wondered if he’d make it through another school year without having heart problems. I’m glad he’s still here, even though he does suffer from many health related problems.

I’m thankful that the only health related problems I’ve had is mostly allergies and acid reflux.

I’m 29 years old, which is hard for me to believe. I’m not sure where my twenties went. Right now I’m in a PHD program, which is a lot of work, but I’m grateful for the opportunity. 

As I said, I’ve had my share of problems, but through it all, my dad and mom have always counted on God and has sought Him and His will to get us through. My dad has never, not once, ever felt sorry for himself or blamed or questioned God for his problems. If you know my dad, he’s the nicest man you could ever meet, and it may seem unfair that he would have these problems, but he’s always prayed and trusted God to see him through. And so has my mom.

Watching my parents live out their faith and how they’ve reacted to what life has thrown their way has been my source of inspiration and comfort when tough times have come.

When I view the news and what is happening in the world, I always turn back to the lessons my parents taught me and the Biblical principles they instilled in me. I read the Bible and what it says and I see that God’s way of peace, love, faith, forgiveness, and salvation is the only hope for the world. I see the chaos in the streets and I think of the book of revelation and how all signs point towards the Bible being true as world events seem to point towards the predictions in the New Testament. 

My Christian worldview that I have because of my parents and what I’ve been taught reminds me when the storms of life come that God has a plan, a purpose and I feel a peace come over me. Yes, I worry about the future and my life. I know I shouldn’t, but I do worry. However, even when I worry, I always come back to what God has said in His word and I always end up going from worry to peace because I know in my heart that He’s in control and He has a plan.

If you are truly a Christ follower you feel a peace in your heart even during the tough times. Those that don’t have Christ living in their hearts can’t understand it. It’s something you have to experience.

I think of all the people that don’t have Christ living in their hearts and it makes me so sad. I feel sorry for atheists, agnostics, and others that don’t have any hope. I wish I could say or do something to make them see that God is real and He loves them and has a plan for their lives. I also wonder how do they make it through life when the tough times come? We all have a God shaped hole in our souls that only Christ can fill and until you allow Him to fill it, you’ll always feel empty in your heart. 

I’m thankful that I grew up in a Christian home and for the example my parents have been in my life. I’m glad I accepted Christ when I was young and I have been trying to live a life that brings Him joy ever since. I’m just like everyone else and I have my doubts, worries and problems, but at the end of the day, I always come back to the peace in my heart that only comes from Christ. He’s in control and the older I get, the more I see that He’s real.

I’m a Christian because I’ve seen Him work in my life and He continues to each and everyday. I’m not perfect, far from it, but I worship a perfect and loving Creator. If you're reading this, and you aren't a believer, I hope you'll consider opening your heart to Him, because once you do, you'll never want to experience life without the hope of Christ again. I'm thankful to be a Christian, and If you haven't already, I hope one day you'll accept Christ as your Savior. Your life won't be easier, you'll still experience problems, but you'll feel a peace and hope that only He can bring.

(C) 2015 Chad Whittle.

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Posted on December 10, 2015 .