Some say that Christians are not allowed to be geeky. After all, isn’t it a bit out of place for a Christian to venture to the Hellmouth in hopes of destroying the Hive enemies in a game of Destiny? It can be argued that geeks are not only allowed to be Christians, but really, Christianity could learn a thing or two from them.
What is a “geek?” A geek could be described as anyone, “being or becoming extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of specialist or minority interest.” Today, we’re going to go with that.
I want to start with the obvious ones first, the ones that Christians already have down pat. Geeks often gather about once a year at a thing called Comic Con. Your church is already gathering in the Name of a common interest once a week! What nerds! I don’t know what people would think if we had Comic Con once a week. (Though, I’d totally go.)
How about sacred words? Ever heard of Allons-y! You probably have if you’re a Whovian. Along with Geronimo, Time Lords, and Exterminate! Christians have this too. You’ve probably heard it called Christianese (which really, in itself, is Christianese). Have you ever thought about how weird it is that we say, “Jesus came into my heart and made a little home there.” It’s pretty creepy that you named your cholesterol Jesus. What about the term, “filled with the holy spirit?” I’m from Colorado and the chances are pretty good that if you tell that to someone who isn’t a Christian, they’re going to want some too. They might even have a pipe to smoke it in.
Though Christians have picked up some geeky traits already, there are others that could use a little more work. As a geek, if there are any superhero movies coming out that I don’t know much about, I wiki them. If that doesn’t give me enough info, I dig deeper into the pit of Google, in hopes to learn everything I can on the subject. I’ve never read an Ant-Man comic book in my life. Yet, I still believe a bit too firmly that we should be getting a Hank Pym story line and not Scott Lang. I digress. What if Christians learned everything they could about Jesus. What if we devoted that kind of time to our Lord and Savior? Proverbs 18:15 says, “an intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Another thing that geeks will do is let you know about it. If you’re in any kind of fandom, then you know what I’m talking about. You tell everyone you know and their Grandma if she’ll pretend to listen long enough. I know this first hand. Did you see Marvel’s Agent Carter? It’s probably one of the best shows on television. You should really check it out. Told you. It seems so easy to talk about our favorite things. Most Christians will tell you that Jesus is their all time favorite. Though, we don’t seem to hear much about him from the people who say this. “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20) I’ve made many friends into Whovians, but I’ve brought much fewer to Jesus.
Most importantly, geeks are devoted to their fandoms. They give it their all. Christians, on the other hand, often only practice their faith a couple times a week, but the Bible says, “and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17) Do we put our all into Jesus?
The fact of the matter is that Jesus loves geeks. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or you just really like anime. Jesus’ plan is molded around the people that will cling to Him and His Word. People that will do whatever it takes to spread the Gospel, not because they feel they must, but because it’s awesome. Why wouldn’t you talk about the super cool things in your life? Let’s all try to be better geeks, in all walks of our lives, for Jesus.