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5 Misconceptions The Church Has About Geeks
Have you been looking for an easy and efficient way to share the Gospel with your geeky friends? Have you ever wondered what this Christian thing is all about and wanted it explained in terms that you are familiar with? In this article I attempt to do just that by attempting to resurrect an old movement. I have found characters that match a piece of the Gospel and the specific color tied to that piece. Where do the colors come from you ask? The answer comes from a movement you might be familiar with from years past. Over the years there have been many gimmicks to promote evangelism, particularly amongst kids. One of the easiest ways to get kids involved with something is to make it fun or to give them something. Something cool to wear that doesn’t get dirty is even more fun! It is out of these conditions that the Gospel colors movement was born. The idea was to give kids a conversation starter to encourage evangelism. You may recognize these bracelets, but never knew what they meant. You may have seen them and had their meanings explained to you, or you may have even worn one. Whether you are familiar with their meaning or not, this article aims to help you understand, featuring characters you know. Each color is used to represent a piece of the Gospel message. When you put the colors together, you can easily tell someone the Gospel and have a little reminder so you don’t forget anything. The characters were chosen based on the colors they are or the colors they wear and how well their stories translate to the message behind the Gospel color. Hopefully, by sharing this article, you can share the Gospel message with someone who may not have heard it otherwise, using terms which they can relate to and easily understand. So here it is: the Gospel colors, explained in a way for geeks can relate to:
Venom fits well with the message of sin because the symbiote suit he wears embodies it so well. Before Eddy Brock becomes a host for the symbiote parasite, he leads a normal life. He isn’t the nicest person, but he is much better than he is after becoming Venom. Once the symbiote gets a hold of him, he becomes an evil being bent on harming others. The suit changes him entirely when he is living in it, and what’s worse, he even comes to think he likes living in the suit! It’s only after he sheds the symbiote that he gets to go back to regular life and is much happier as a result.
Living in sin can be very similar for us. It brings us temporary happiness and makes us feel like we enjoy the life we are living in (like Eddy when he is in the suit). The reality is, though, that we are much happier living a moral life under God’s direction. The Creator of all things knows what is best for His creation and has given us moral guidelines through Scripture to give us the best earthly life we can have. Most importantly though, sin separates us from our relationship with God, and, unless we repent of it, we can never truly have that life-giving relationship with our Father. That’s because the nature of sin is death, and is also the ultimate cause of death (Romans 5:12). Like the symbiote, sin can make us into someone else entirely–someone we don’t want to be. When we turn from sin and to Christ, though, we can be the person we are supposed to be and have joy in something eternal, not the temporary somethings that sin gives us.
We are all born into sin and need God’s help to be saved from it (Romans 5:12).
Red – Blood of Jesus
Holy blasphemy, Batman! Comparing Spider-Man to the blood of Christ! Stick with me here. I am in no way saying that anything can compare to Christ’s blood washing us clean. We can, however, compare sacrifice, as I am about to do here (though no sacrifice can truly compare to our Savior’s overcoming death for us).
Spider-Man has always felt burdened with the protection of others. He was raised by his uncle and aunt when his parents died while Peter (Spider-Man) was still young. When his Uncle Ben passed away before his eyes, the words his uncle gave to him became a motto for his life: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” From that time forward, Spider-Man has sacrificed his safety for others time and time again. It is this selfless sacrifice that we can compare with the message of this color.
The sacrifice that Jesus made with His own life has infinitely more saving power than the wall-crawler. It is through the sacrifice of Christ that we can truly be forgiven of our sins. Every person has done something wrong, and every person can be washed clean by asking forgiveness through Christ’s sacrifice. In Hebrews 9:12-15, Paul gives a very clear explanation of how the blood of Jesus pays the ransom of death for our sins. For by man sin entered the world (Romans 5:12), but only through God’s grace are we freed of it (Roman 6:14). The gift of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice is free to us. All we have to do is confess that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness through Christ’s sacrifice. By asking Jesus into our life, we are filled with His life-giving Spirit and our names are written into the Book of Life, allowing our entry into Heaven (Revelation 3:5). How more can God show His love and grace for us than to only require that we ask Him for His forgiveness?
Christ’s blood paid the price for our sin so we can be forgiven by God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Blue – Faith
From super villains to super heroes to… kid’s Disney cartoons?! I know Marvel is owned by Disney now, but Stitch is quite a bit different from the last two characters. The story of Lilo and Stitch has good parallels with faith in our lives though.
Stitch was created in a lab with destruction as his whole purpose for existence. Fate would guide him to a loving family that had fallen on hard times after the mother and father of the family had passed away. These hard times had brought the sisters closer together and their faith in each other continued to grow. As Stitch enters the family and goes through some hard times with them, he is taught what it is like to have faith in his family. No matter what happened, in the end, he knew that he could trust Lilo and Nani to be there for him. Because Stitch kept faith in his family, even when times got hard, he was always able to weather the storms.
Keeping our faith in God is more than just believing He exists. Keeping faith in God is more trusting His direction in our life and maintaining a faithful relationship with Him. In a similar fashion to how Stitch has undying faith that his new family does everything with his best intentions in mind, we can have infinitely more faith that God is doing what is best for us in our lives. It is not always easy, but our lives become much richer when we are faithful to Him (James 1:12). When we have faith in Him, we can trust that our lives are being led in the best direction because our all-knowing Father who can see our past, present, and future is looking out for us.
We must have faith that we are saved by grace when we accept Christ into our hearts (Ephesians 2:8).
White – Clean Heart
The Lady of Lothlórien gives a great example of what it means to have a clean heart. When considering a fictional character as a personification of the color white, her appearance in the Lord of the Rings series makes her a shoe-in.
When Frodo and the fellowship meet Galadriel, she accepts them into her home. Galadriel is known to have the power to peer into a person’s mind, and she is known to judge everyone fairly. Her kindness leads her to give each member of the fellowship a parting gift to help them on their quest. During his visit, Frodo offers her the One Ring, and she is tempted by it. For the greater good of the world, she ultimately resists the object that would make her powerful beyond imagination. It is her overcoming of this overwhelming temptation that relates her so well to having a clean heart.
When we become followers of Christ we are meant to resist temptation to sin so we can have a clean heart. Though this can make it hard to be a Christian at times, the reward is worth the battle. When Galadriel resisted the One Ring for the greater good, the free people of Middle Earth gained an advantage over the enemy. Similarly, when we resist temptation from Satan, we gain more knowledge of how to combat future temptations and gain an advantage over him. God won’t let us receive more temptation than we can handle, and He will help us overcome it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Every time we overcome temptation, we align ourselves a little more with our Creator, become more like Christ, and please Him. When we please Him, we become refreshed ourselves. There is more of a reward in store for having a clean heart though: a final home devoid of sorrow. More on that later.
We are given a clean heart that we must guard when we accept Christ (Philippians 4:6-7).
Green – Born Again
For this example we will look at the adventure Link takes in one of the most memorable installments of The Legend of Zelda series: The Ocarina of Time. The story provides a great example of how our lives change when we become born again in Christ.
In the Ocarina of Time, Link begins to battle evil in the world of Hyrule as a child. After collecting the Spiritual Stones and the Master Sword, he goes to sleep and wakes up an older, more mature version of himself. After getting rid of some things from his younger days, he goes out and discovers the world is a darker place that he must go out into and become the Hero of Time. Link uses his newfound strength and tools to battle Ganondorf and rid the world of his evil. Though many temples and hordes of enemies stand in his way, he overcomes them and saves Hyrule. It is a similar life-changing experience that we can expect when we accept Christ into our lives.
Asking Christ into our lives begins a lifelong transformation. Like Link’s transition, we too need to get rid of some things from our past that draw us to sin in order to more successfully utilize our new world. We, too, see the dark things in the world when we begin to read the Bible and understand what God says is right and wrong for us. For example, a lot of people (like me) may not have ever noticed the detrimental affects of idol worship if not for Scripture. We, too, are to go out into the world as heroes that lead others to the saving power of Jesus (Mark 16:15). When we accept Him into our lives, we are given the Holy Spirit to help us use our new-found strength and knowledge to be a witness to those who need us; to be their hero.
When we accept Christ, we are born again in the Spirit so we can have a place in Heaven (John 3:3).
Yellow – Heaven
Finding a comparison to Heaven in a fictional character is no easy feat, so this comparison may feel a little weaker than the rest. The full idea of Heaven is likely beyond our comprehension anyway, so the chances of a character that came from a human mind being a good embodiment of our ultimate reward is not likely to begin with.
There are some traits that we can compare Super Sonic to, based on how we will feel, though. Super Sonic is an invulnerable form of Sonic the Hedgehog. After a long pursuit of collecting all of the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic is rewarded by transforming into a new person that is immune to damage and pain. His new, imperishable body makes sorrow a past thought, and he is no longer affected by evil. Though the long journey, the battling of evil, and persecution make the collecting of the gems very difficult, the reward is worth the fight. He is given temporary immunity to anything that can hurt him in his Super Sonic form.
Our lifelong pursuit of Christ leads us to a transformation as well. When we diligently follow that pursuit, we will receive new, heavenly bodies that are also imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:52). While Sonic’s body is temporary, though, ours is eternal. In Heaven there will be no pain or sorrow (Revelation 21:4). Our lifelong journey with Christ ends in roads paved with gold in the presence of our magnificent Creator. We will forever be with loved ones in a world that is not wrought with suffering like this one. Death will no longer separate us.
If we accept Jesus as our Savior, we will go to Heaven (Romans 10:8-9).
This all starts with a simple decision to accept Christ. The Creator of all things loves us so much that He made eternal salvation as simple as possible for us. He paid the price for us to live with Him forever without suffering. All we have to do is accept His offer. The world will throw a lot of pain and suffering at us, but if we keep our eyes on the prize, God will help us through it all. There will be people that read this article that have never accepted Jesus as their Savior, and some that have accepted Him in the past that will want to rededicate their lives to Him. Below are two prayers for people in these two spots in their lives. If you have never accepted Christ, and would like to, you can pray this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, Your name is great. I thank You for Your love and grace. I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ. I admit to You now that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins. I need your forgiveness, Lord. I believe that Jesus shed His blood and died for my sins, and I will turn away from my sin now. Your Word says that if we acknowledge Christ as our Lord and believe You raised him from the dead, we will be saved. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life and soul. In this moment, I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and accept your salvation. Transform me, Lord, into the person You want me to be. Thank You for Your grace. Amen.”
If you need to rededicate your life to Him, you can pray this prayer:
“Heavenly Father, You are merciful. I come to You in the name of my Savior, Christ Jesus. I have accepted Your salvation and walked away from You, Lord. I am sorry. Forgive me for my sins and lead me back to You. I have put my faith in the wrong places, and now I dedicate that faith back to You. I trust Your direction and profess You as the Lord of my life. Thank You for Your grace. Amen.”
Both of these prayers are just examples. You can ask Christ into your life in many different ways, but you can pray one of these prayers for that purpose too. If you have prayed either of these prayers, or ones like it, we would love to know. You can let us know either by liking the article (by clicking the little heart at the top left corner of the page) or commenting on it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple, “I accepted Jesus today” will do just fine. If you have accepted Christ and want to know what is next, you can let any of the staff at Geeks Under Grace know and we would be happy to help you start your journey. You can contact me personally by emailing me at [email protected] If you think this article will help you reach others for Christ, share it with them. You can start a movement with your church, or on your own, by ordering bracelets or other things that are wearable. By sharing this article through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any social media outlets you use, you might lead someone to accepting Christ. If you would order a shirt, please let us know and, if we can generate enough interest, we might be able to get some made. You can click the image below to order a bracelet. I have also created a free pdf download that you can use to give to your friends or use in your church class to teach the Gospel message. You can download it by clicking below. Feel free to reference the article or guide people to the article when using the document, or just use it on your own.
Shawn serves on the board for Geeks Under Grace and director of marketing. He has played video games since he was 2 years old and has immersed himself deep within the geek culture. Writing short stories and releasing them for free to the public began his writing journey, and now he uses what he has learned along the way to help Christians benefit from geek culture. Out of his desire to serve Christ, he also founded DUDEronomy and continues to write short stories that entertain and give perspective into the life of a Christian.
Shawn's hope is that his life would exemplify a follower of Christ and lead people to accept salvation through His grace. He wants to be a good father, husband, son, and friend to those around him.
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