How Not To Become A Christian Chihuahua

How Not To Become A Christian Chihuahua

How Not To Become A Christian Chihuahua

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Have you ever met a Christian who failed to display the nature of Jesus when talking about God or Christianity? Ever meet someone who seemed more like a barking, ankle-biting chihuahua than a Christ follower? What can we learn from Chihuahuas to do a better job representing Jesus? J. Warner answers these questions in this episode of the NRBtv Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast.


13 thoughts on “How Not To Become A Christian Chihuahua

  1. Lara Walker

    LOL…The comparison to the Chihuahua just cracks me up, mainly because I was an animal nurse for over a decade. I was bitten by more small dog, and yes, a lot of them were chihuahuas. Brilliant comparison.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  2. grace period

    Matthew 10:16

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  3. Susel Lee

    Describing a person's characteristics as an animal… Some may find that inappropriate just like namecalling. But is part of their nature? does it curse with death? is it loving? it true? Those are my warning flag. I recommend watching the video from PregoU: John Adams: American Founder and Second President. There are two words that describe John Adams: irascible and cantankerous. And God uses him for the United States to rally people into Independence.

    I don't take offense to the analogy of the Chihuahua and so I'll use it. When the police search for a dog for service they would take a pan and a metal spoon. This is to make loud noises at the puppies. If they urinate or put their tails under they are not good for the job they may need to do. But if they bark and got for the pan then they got the grits to be police dogs. I think knowing the audience for your channel is paramount. In the Big Ban theory, the character of Leonard said about the Scy-Fy Channel: "If they didn't want to be yelled at by crazy nerds they shouldn't have started the Syfy channel." The Chihuahua you describe is intelligent, territorial, and, as John Adams, also irascible and cantankerous. Chihuahuas and police dogs are not docile pets. Scientists are not docile. Some of the people that see your channel may thrive in conflict. Those irascible and cantankerous Christians are still part of the Body of Christ.

    The characteristic you describe of your Chihuahua reminds me of James and John's name Boanerges or the Sons of Thunder. Jesus did scold them for asking for fire to fall on Samaria. To God life is precious. He had to teach Jona with the plant (Jonah 4). Jacob also learned not to be mindful not to give the life of others in an oath. His father-in-law accused him of stealing his idols and Jacob said that whoever had them should die (Genesis 31:32). When Joseph asked for his brother Benjamin to be brought to him as proof that they were not spies Ruben told his father that if he didn't return Benjamin he could kill his sons (Jacob's grandchildren). Juda on the other hand had lost two of his sons (Gn 38), and instead, offer his own life. I am sure that James and John earned their nickname but we only see Jesus scolding them on just two occasions. That is why I don't get alarmed when someone writes irascible and cantankerous as long if they do not curse with death.

    Lighting (the light is first) but sometimes we don't see it but after the thunder, we know a storm is coming. James and John despite their audacity to be sitter next to Jesus were offer to drink from the same cup that Jesus drank. James nature gave him the courage to speak the truth to politicians. Temperments like James would not run away from conflict against authority. They are necessary to start the independence of a nation or just to make people of government overreach. Because of James' temperament, he could not be intimidated easily. People like him would not go, agent, a government authority if they were scared. Herod must a felt that James was important to a fault and order him to be killed by the sword. Many who write on social media will not keep friends or family and may even be shown their inadequacy yet they dust off and go to battle again and again. This is where the work of the Holy Spirit makes the difference because while a nonbeliever may be antagonistic a Christian will transform into the image of Christ. No one can read John's gospel or James 1, 2, or 3 thinking of him as the Son of Thunder. John knows the value of the Church in helping teach and clean the heart of a Christian (1 John 1:5-10). In Chapter 2 he wrote about love. Loving God and our brothers. I enjoy Ravi Zacharias Q&A because I can see how apologetics answers with truth and love. There is so much love behind irascible and cantankerous Christians they just need to know God's diplomatic etiquette.

    Colling someone a Son of Thunder or a Chihuahua may seem inappropriate if we don't take into account if it is true. Sometimes the adjectives or adverbs use may be appropriately used and we should not be shocked by them. This is different from shouting (or writing in all capital letters) or using four-letter words, those are the fruit of the flesh and not of the Spritil. But if someone is found to be a hypocrite then it may be the best way to describe that person. In the YouTube Channel Living Waters, they ask people to confront their adjectives. What do you call someone who lies:? a liar, what do you call someone who lusts after women? adulterous, etc. We have an example of Jesus been irascible in Matthew 23:31-33:

    “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? (NKJV)

    Behind those strong adjectives and adverbs lies great love:

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (Matthew 31:37 NKJV)

    The strong, antagonistic adjectives and adverbs have to be taken into context. This is why having a close relationship with God is important but also a one-on-one talk with a prickly person. We as the Church can inquire to see if the person is just been a jerk or if there is love behind it. But when an adjective or adverb is truthful is usually base on love even if it hurts.

    In conclusion, I believe that temperments that are choleric and write irascible social media posts are beneficial, and if they are move by the Holy Spirit they give good fruit. The barking and antagonism should not sock us, embarrass us or scare us. Their purpose is to fight using their intellect and words. A mile and an amicable person is not fit to fight the status quo. Even less to fight the World. They have their place in the body of Christ but are not for combat, deterrence, or call for a stand. A prickly person does have to be polished to be more diplomatic but should never be shamed into submission by breaking their spirit. Not that it would be easy to break their spirit. If I don't see any of the warning flags of their nature if they have not to curse with death if it is done for the love of God and mankind and if it is true then let us not diminish their spirit. Because in order for God's work to be done we need Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Conscience. John Adams's final public word was "Independence forever".

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  4. Saviours Won

    "26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." – "3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." – "6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil."

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  5. Cpthilton

    I don't try to be harsh, I try to be truthful but I find the harshness is built in. The trick is to speak truth with the hope, and in a manner, that best helps the person you are talking to; otherwise you're just an arrogant jerk trying to win an argument.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  6. Sara Hannah

    Really enjoyed your description of Ginger. Provided some hearty chuckles that lightened my day :-). How right you are about self-righteous, as well as defensive attitudes and behaviours. My incoming experience of either tends to push on
    automatic shutdown, which I don’t like either. But it’s the only way I know to prevent giving any energy to them. If there are positive alternatives, I’m all ears.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  7. Andrew Colclough

    On point. Bring back the art of listening, and disagreement with peace. Prager put it like this: Seek Clarity, not agreement. Just think how different any discussion can be if you go into it looking to get some clarity on what the other person believes, and also provide clarity on your own views. You both might learn something. But by seeking agreement, you are picking a fight – which I mean, when was the last time you considered a viewpoint you disagreed with because you got "dunked on" or "Owned!"…?
    I'm sitting at zero point zero times. 😉

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  8. Monica Alvarado

    I inherited a chihuahua and can say amen, amen on their intelligence and protectiveness.Love her dearly but… 🙂 Really great video, appreciate the wisdom, things have changed so much in society that it's not hard to be so tenacious in sharing what we know as believers and why we believe what we believe. Thank you! 🙂

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  9. Matthew Hall


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  10. MsHope

    Your wisdom is always helpful and insightful. Your Christian point of view is so refreshing. May God bless and protect you and yours in Jesus' name.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  11. NeighborNicky


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  12. mark mooney

    That was very interesting. I'm pretty sure I was that chihuahua on too many occasions…… I often didn't check the tone of my comment to somebody and their response would show me clearly that I had been arrogant in my supposed knowledge…the result brought no glory to the LORD and I would have to pray a lot about it. I made a conscious choice not to reply to anything unless i had really thought it through and I could 'be nice ' about it.
    Thanks for the upload
    Grace and peace
    Gilly wife of Mark

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply
  13. Shinigami Miroku

    Another great series or advice! I usually try to keep my tongue tamed, but it is not an easy task, but your advice – especially regarding having someone else read over what you're trying to say – is so important to remember to do.

    April 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm Reply

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