You are a bridge, are you being usable ?

image credit planetminecraft.com

image credit planetminecraft.com

You are a bridge. You may wonder why I’m declaring that, or you may shrug your shoulders and think,  “I’ve been called worse.” Regardless of your response to the idea, the truth remains the same. Paul used a different way to illustrate the same point. He told the Corinthians:

To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;” 1 Cor 9:20

Every single Christian is commanded to reach out to those around him. It’s easier for us to reach out to folks that our like minded. At the risk of stretching this metaphor a bit early, sometimes you may need to access certain parts of yourselves, or modify the bridge just a bit, but never compromise it, err, or simply poor Character (Shoddy craftsmanship) can result in a collapse.

As Christians we know the way to Christ. Bobby Conway (the One Minute Apologist) recently wrote a book about us being “the fifth gospel” (and it is entitled that) and similarly I like to think of us a bridge. I know that I am in a somewhat nerdy community of friends. I provide a bridge for them to learn the truth.  If I were to exclude myself from all non Christian friendships I would cut off access, at least one access, they had to learning about God.

Yes there are times I go out of my way and evangelize folks who don’t dress like me, look like me, or have the same hobbies, but the influence I can have within my hobbies and circle of friends is usually much more than I can with a stranger. This is not an either or type situation. What this is, is simple encouragement. I’m a nerd, I podcast, I do youtube reviews, I have attended a few conventions, and every step of the way I continue to be a Christian. This has lead to many opportunities to pray with folks, answer questions, share a meal with them, counsel them. I joke with my wife that I am a chaplain to the nerds, and while part humor, I take it seriously.

Take it a step further, don’t just realize your a bridge, but be active for it and look for conversational bridges or opportunities that can lead to a conversation about Christ. Nerdy folks are my people, and I intend not to falsely friend them for  attempt at a number, but out of genuine friendship and love, point them to Christ, praying for and looking for opportunities. Are you doing that in whatever hobby or circle you are in? even just a workplace? You may be the only bridge, the only exit they have access too, out of the worldly norm and towards a Savior seeking to restore them to Himself and to their fellow man.

Are you using where you are, and who you are as way to reach others for Christ?

BRIDGEtfP.S. keep in mind a bridge may not always look traditional.

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Did you know the original Green Ranger is a Christian?

from our sister site nerdrahtio.com

“Go, Go, Green Ranger!”

He was instantly a hit when added to the show, he wasn’t planned to be a main cast member and was supposed to be out of the series after his original mini-series but he was a huge hit.

His personal life after the show lead him through hardship and that ultimately lead him to Christ. He is currently an MMA fighter and Christian/MMA clothes designer. You can read more about him HERE.

College Humor proposes that Religious People are nerds

coollogo_com-234404893The folks at College propose that Religious People are a type of Nerd.  You can see their case HERE. I should warn you though, there may be language etc.

As always with cases like this, They make good and humorous points, but fail to see the difference in fictional philosophy and something that makes an appeal to be factual. However I think the similarities they point out reflect a desire each of individual holds to search for God. His laws are written in hearts after all (Romans 2:15) and the world around us points to God’s exists (Romans 1, Luke 19:40)   There are also notable similarities in that Christians are people of the book, while  Nerds are people of books. Yes today that may also be games or shows, but it was the books that the first nerds loved, reading, gaining knowledge and flexing our brains. Christians do the same, only it’s more productive and fruitful due to the claim to reality, but the activities are similar and there are Christian Nerds for a reason.

-servant Sears

Geek Wisdom: The sacred teachings of Nerd Culture Book Review

Geek-Wisdom

This book was edited by Stephen H. Segal and contains numerous commentaries on some of the most often said quotes from our favorite movies, cartoons and comics.  Everything from, Princess Bride the Bride of Frankenstein, or Doctor who, to Zelda even The Tick are covered in this book. While Nerd culture will hold these favorites the highest, and there are some quotes that are even obscure to me in the book, for the most part these quotes discussed have launched beyond just nerd culture to pop culture.   We nerds though, have a special attachment to many. “Ray, when someone asks you if you are a god, you say YES!” –Winston on Ghostbusters.  I of course don’t agree with that statement theologically, but I can’t help but recognize that I have used in the past for humor, and a kind of grand version of the lie to cover your own but.  The authors take that idea and runs with it.

The book begins when the author is asked, “What was your religion when you were growing up?” he states that is answer was, “u, science fiction, pretty much.”   While the author goes on to admit about Isaac Asimov, “He was not, obviously, God. He didn’t create the universe, humanity and everything in between” He does still contrast himself with a catholic friend who studied the gospel, while he read I, Robot.

Each of the nerd sayings included in the book can teach a lesson, or have come to represent something to us as a culture.  He divides it into six sections: My name is Inigo Montoya (wisdom about the self), Form Feet and Legs (Wisdom about relationships), we are all individuals (wisdom about humankind) Knowing is half the battle (wisdom about conflict) Billions and Billions (wisdom about the universe) and In the Year 2525 (wisdom about the future.)  The overall affect is to make cannon of important Nerd Dogma.  To the author, this would be the road map to understanding philosophy, theology and metaphysics through the lens of nerd culture.

I’m not yet 30 (but darn close) and I can remember a time when being a nerd, meant being an outcast. In present day this is no longer true, the nerds indeed have had their revenge. With the age of technology and the internet nerd likes and views, are affecting the world around us. Nerds like Bill Gates now have the money. Comic book movies have saved Hollywood and continue to dominate the box office.  Comics themselves are no longer throw entertainment, but collectible treasures. Nerd t-shirts are no longer a way to get beat up at school, but are a popular way of expressing yourself, just like a band t-shirt.  I can see the author’s point clearly; the nerd’s have reached escaped velocity from being outcasts and are now their own culture with norms and folkways which are presented clearly in this book.

What does this mean for Christianity and Christians Nerds in particular?  It can be argued that Nerd culture is just like any other culture, simple American or classic Greek. The literature of ancient Greece was quoted by Paul in Acts 17.

“Paul quotes two Greek sources here as support for his point that the creator God does not need temples or service from humans.  The first allusion is to Epimenides the Cretan, a poet also cited in Titus 1:12.  The original poem no longer exists, but it appears in a number of other ancient writers. The second citation is from Aratus, a Cilcian poet (Phaenomena 5).  The original line, “in him we move and live and have our being,” was pantheistic, but Paul spins this line into a statement about God as the source of our life.” – The reading through acts blog.

While we must never compromise our message itself, the way we transmit it will be different per culture. Missionaries from America require special training to work with tribes of people who are still live in orally based culture for examples. Knowing the lingo can actually help us relate. In other words Christian Nerds can reach non-Christian nerds.  Being a nerd itself isn’t sinful, nor is it inherently bad and the bible actually teaches us to start where People are and lead them to Christ.

That doesn’t mean there is no danger in this book. Just like in classic Greece or Rome, there are cultural gods that do not match that of our holy creator.  Sci-fi culture in particular does often have a secular humanist angle.  We must be weary of being in our culture, but not being swept away by it. Comic Con is a nerd holiday, it’s similar to American’s 4th of July in a way, a purely culture Holiday. Christians can enjoy both. But should they partake in the wild partying that occurs on the 4th of July? Or the ogling of booth babes at comic-con? No.   This book is similar, it’s great for laughs, and I can relate to it. Some of the lessons do match up with a correct biblical world view but many do not.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never get your theology from fiction. Grab the book, get some laughs, even ponder on some of the things presented, but be careful you filter everything, and don’t be lead astray, into placing more importance on movie quotes or the ideas of some writer, than on the teaching and person of Jesus Christ.