God has been directing my focus to influencers. I’ve sort of talked about Christian influencers, especially singers. I admit what I shared, in the beginning, was mainly my opinion about the truth of what I had found out. I share my opinions too much. This has been something God has been showing me in addition to some other things He has been revealing and having me think over deeply.
As you may remember, I was learning about gossip, and since writing my posts…
Gossip is something I’ve really been looking at.
When we discuss something:
- Is it truthful
- Is it needed
- Is it kind
- Would we say it to the person we are discussing?
I’m conflicted regarding wolves in sheep’s clothing. These truths are scattered in the Bible, and not hidden. Topics definitely need to be discussed, but ones to be discussed properly.
Now, names of particular fallen individuals being listed are less in scripture and tended to only be named when the writer knew the reader was closely aware/associated with said named individuals. Christ Himself, I don’t believe, called out specific individuals in scripture (rather, groups).
I see two sides in discussing this. Some people encourage me to be vocal about these truths of people falling away or backing away from embracing being a follower of Christ. Others encourage me to pray for individuals, and maybe reach the individual privately.
Here is where I am conflicted.
I think we are called to do both WHEN a public individual has a large following (hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands) because then an individual’s actions are not only affecting one or two people but many…
Christian blogger understand YOU ARE AN INFLUENCER! If we have social media of any sort in which we have a following (does not matter if you have 1 or 100,000) we are an influencer. Everyone has a voice in this world, but some people get heard more than others, and that power is crucial to understand.
There has been one particular individual really on my heart. Their music is played on Christian radio stations. People PRAISE this individual highly for being a Christian. The individual has been on many worldly talk shows for their music.
But Christ isn’t mentioned at all. Not on the shows, not in an interview.
We are never to hide Christ in the limelight, regardless of the consequences.
Now, this is all the truth. Is it gossip? (And please, if you disagree, comment below and share because I truly want to go about this topic the right way.)
- Is it true – √
- Is it kind- I believe so √
- Is it needed to be known- We are warned in scripture about who we follow √
- Would I say this to the person – Absolutely √ I want to encourage them to go forward, not behind.
But I’m not naming them because this individual is not alone, truthfully. It’s not fair to point out one person, and not the thousands or millions of others doing the same thing. Therefore, I’m generalizing. These things easily can be found out through your own research of who you listen to. It’s not hidden. Before we praise someone for being a Christian…we should be looking for fruit, first.
Especially for Christian teens, please be aware of your influencers. People will try to manipulate and deceive, it happens, even in the Christian scene.
As you can see, a lot of things were brought to my attention because of this.
First, when I initially tried to discuss this, I admit, my feelings were out of line. I shared I was upset, and I was. But did you, as a reader, need to know that? No. Feelings lead to opinions being shared, and this can encourage gossip and also cloud perspectives. I want others to do their own research, seek the Lord, and make these decisions with Him, not purely based on what I am saying.
As a blogger, I must be accountable to how I project the truth and make sure it is not emotional. (Proverbs 18:03)
Secondly, it’s easy for me to see where this person is struggling because I’m not in their shoes. It is important to be aware of deception, but when others are falling in sin, even if they are false teachers or fallen believers, we have no right to constantly point out every flaw. Warn others, yes, but walk away, too. I struggled with this.
Thirdly, I don’t know if the individual actually has an active relationship with Christ. Our involvement with the Lord should NEVER be hidden behind doors. Our intimacy with the Lord like prayer and worship, yes. But the light of Holy Spirit being active in our lives, never. Our love for His truth should be singing out of our lips.
When I see a self-proclaimed Christian praising worldly things and worldly people it is eye-opening. This is a huge reminder to not let my own feelings allow me to think, “Yeah, this person “sounds” Christian.” Our actions reveal so much about us. What we say reveals so much about us.
Fourthly, how little it takes for many of us to believe someone is a follower of Christ. Deception will come in a false light. Scripture does say we will know them by their fruits.
I’m not seeing fruit now…but I “saw” fruit before when I wasn’t really looking.
Final thoughts…As a believer, I can listen to songs that do not verbally say “God” or “Jesus” or “Christ” and still apply them in worship to the Lord because I am singing the song to Him. But recently, I have been made aware of how this can be deceiving.
This is where secular music can “appear” like a Christian song. We sing about power and love, but never mention God or Christ in the song. It never used to bother me before because, again, I was not looking. But now, it makes me wonder. Are serpents being cloaked in sheep’s clothing this way?
It could also be in poetry, posts, or stories. If we are not specifying the Lord how will the world take it?
I think of the lies Eve was given with the fruit. It “appeared” good. It “promised” to have the knowledge of God. But, in truth, it was something God, never once, encouraged her to have.
Have we been deceived with false believers, teachers, and prophets?
Are we possibly deceiving others?
When Christ is the center of someone’s life, it’s evident. That’s as simple as it gets.
I don’t want to leave you with a negative message. Here is an interview with a Christian singer not afraid to speak about Christ. I’ve loved Jenn’s music since I’ve heard it. Ruins and Foreigner are my top two favorites. Be encouraged by her words and truth on trusting Christ!
Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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