How to Live the Christian Life in Negativity

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Dear Pastor Andy, I try really hard to live a life for God, but I’m in an environment with a lot of negativity. I just moved here from the East Coast to go to school because I felt like it was where God was leading me, but now I’m also looking at it as a test or opportunity for spiritual growth. How far should I let my values and boundaries be crossed before walking away? I mean, sometimes I wonder if sticking around is worth it anymore. I’ve been praying and talking about it, and there is the positive that I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and that I’m going to school. But the negative side of it is that I live in a rooming house and it’s full of drama – so I’m wondering if it’s worth it to stay. Have you ever been in an environment where it was hard on your faith, but you persevered? Please help…

My Reply:
You’re preachin’ to the choir, my friend. Have you prayed for the Lord to send Christian friends to your area? One person can’t be an army against a whole battalion – you need others to help you stay focused, pick you up when you fall (and for whom you may do the same), people with whom you can pray, opportunities for Bible studies (iron sharpening iron), etc…

Most campus’ have Christian ministries (InterVarsity, Wesley Foundation, Baptists, Alpha Xi). Check around for them. You might also want to try posting on the school network for other Christians who would like to gather weekly for prayer, Bible Study, and other means of fellowship.

I understand the desire to leave, but before you do, remember that if the Lord sent you there, as you fully believed at first that He had, then He also provided resources to help you out while there, so you’re not alone. But you need to remember that in this battleground, you can’t allow yourself to be alone, either.

—Pastor Andy G.

1 Comment

  1. Hebrews 10:25–“And let us not neglect meeting together, as some people do, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”. I agree that two (or more) are better than one/being alone (Ecclesiastes 4), and that being with other true Christians is a part of a spiritually healthy lifestyle. However, during times when I am alone or surrounded by drama, I focus on Colossians 3:23-24–“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ”.

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