10 Signs Your Christian Faith Has Become An App

If you are reading this post you are likely very familiar with Apps.  In case you’re not, an app is a 3rd party application that can be used with your phones or iPad.  Apps can show news updates, tell you the weather, play games, stream video or audio, and a variety of other options depending on what you need and when you need it.

Depending on what you need and when you need it.  That’s an important phrase isn’t it.  I’ve noticed that many people view their Christian faith like an iPad App – they compartmentalize their faith, download it as one of their many options, and then apply it as needed.  It’s merely an add-on to their lives.

Your Christian faith, your relationship with Jesus, should not be an add-on to your life.  It should BE your life.

The following are ways to know that your Christian faith has become merely an app:

  1. God’s opinion on the issues of your life is not the primary decision point for you.
  2. You have become relationally distant from God.  You don’t have long, heart-felt conversations anymore.
  3. Church attendance is optional.
  4. Prayer only happens in response to major difficulties.
  5. You are part of the 97% of Christians who do not tithe.
  6. You can’t remember the last time you read more than one chapter of the Bible in a day.
  7. It’s been years since you shared your faith with someone.
  8. Family devotions are a foreign concept.
  9. Scripture memory does not take place.
  10. You think you could do a better job running your life than God can.

If life is not as fulfilling as you would hope for, try making your relationship with Jesus the center piece of your life rather than a GPS app you use when you need direction.  You’ll be grateful every day for eternity that you did.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

10 Responses to “10 Signs Your Christian Faith Has Become An App”

  1. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They’re really convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  2. WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. …

  3. I REALLY liked this post. I think the analogy is SO relevant and true. Good post.

  4. Dear Brian,

    While I agree with everything you are writing in these blogposts, your technique of publicising them on Twitter using the #Jan25 hashtag is just plain wrong. I don’t know what you are trying to achieve by doing this, but these posts have nothing to do with the current revolution in Egypt for which many have already laid down their lives.

    In fact, by piggybacking on this Egyptian movement to publicise your Christian posts you are risking severe damage to the delicate and fragile political and religious unity that is just starting to sprout out of the hard concrete ground of Egyptian government oppression.

    Please stop!

    • Mark,

      Let me say I read your website. I cannot begin to imagine what it is like being a worship leader in a Christian church located in the primarily Muslim city of Cairo, especially right now. Please know that you are personally as well as the entire nation are in everyone’s prayers in America.

      The tag line on your website is “The Life Of A Lead Worshiper In Egypt.” I understand that. My site is about my life as well – what I’m going through and experiencing at a given moment. Once again, what I go through doesn’t even deserve to be compared to what you’re facing right now.

      The use of the hashtags was to used to speak into all the issues that we face in life. This post about apps in particular discusses how we apply our faith to issue A and issue B, but we don’t want our faith inserted into issue C. We want to handle that issue and keep God out of it. The problem in America is that we compartmentalize our faith. We need to know that everything in our lives needs to be processed through a biblical worldview. Jesus Christ is the answer to all the world’s problems, including those in our personal lives as well as in Egypt.

      Being totally transparent with you, I have been writing primarily for an American audience. Quite candidly, the world is flat and I should have known better. I should have known of the global impact of ideas. Not having a clue what you are facing on a daily basis, I will honor your request and not utilize that hashtag any longer.

      Mark Jaffrey is in my prayers. I will say this, once the violence has settled and a stable government is in place, leadership principles like the ones discussed on this site (whether delivered by me or someone else) are critical in developing sustainable, servant minded leaders that invest in people, not take advantage of them and need to be inserted into the conversation.


  5. Great post Brian. It is the little things that spoil the vine and it always begins almost unnoticed. I love your writing and your commitment to Christ. Keep it up and keep us inspired!

    • Thomas,

      It so good to hear from you. Please know that I pray for your church constantly and am trusting GREAT things to happen in your services this morning. Take care my friend. Also, I hope the weather didn’t impact you too much this week.



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