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Faith, Survivor, and representing Jesus well

I wrote and posted this today on my personal Facebook page and wanted to share it with all of you:

I heard something on a podcast that fascinated me today. It was a conversation about the role of Christianity on Survivor. They talked about how Christianity can’t be the main thing you use to bond with people in the game because it turns people off. They then talked about some of the past contestants who have claimed to be Christian on the show, mainly Coach (who is a nice guy but weird) and the Hantz boys (don’t get me started). Sunday (the former contestant who was on and who is by far the nicest Survivor) said something totally profound, “In my casting process I said to Probst “A lot of the Christians you’ve had on the show are weird and he said ‘they are’. It made me think about how Probst is sometimes the most Christ like one on the island and how many opportunities people have missed because they proclaim to be Christian and then start personally attacking people ( I’m all for great game strategy by anyone including Christians but personal attacks not so much) and/ or having weird in your face prayer circles all the time. Probst who doesn’t even identify as a Christian (I don’t think) talks about Jesus in a more loving and respectful way than most of the contestants who identify as Christians! It made me think about how many opportunities are missed simply because Christians don’t represent Jesus well. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling Philippians 2:12 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

1 Peter 3:16 (Note: this podcast is usually a hilarious podcast about reality tv and not about Christian topics)

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