Guest Post by Will Flora: Nerd Culture and the Gospel

The Big Bang Theory.

Star Trek.

Comic Book Movies.

 

The nerds have taken over.

 

And it’s a good thing. When I was in school watching anime and reading comic books were the things that got you laughed at amongst the masses, but now everyone is in on the nerdcore bandwagon.

 

I even heard there was this website that mixed nerd stuff and theology…

 

Anyway, everywhere we look so called “nerd” culture is becoming more and more mainstream. We see it at the movies, we see it on TV, we see it in the stores and we even see it in professional sports! Have you seen Moneyball? Great movie, about statistic nerds! I love it. And Matt Kemp, an outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers says he is “Beastmode” all the time. You think he watched a little “Transformers: Beast Wars” growing up?

 

I recently bought a shirt with Spock on it throwing up his Vulcan hand signs that says “Trek yourself before you wreck yourself”.

 

As I was purchasing this piece of nerdy goodness, I got to thinking about all of this stuff. Most of it came out in the 60’s and 80’s and is now starting to come into extreme popularity in the 21st century.

 

But I’ve loved it since I was a little kid. I still own action figures and comic books and buy them occasionally. I have the complete series of Star Trek TOS on DVD, I can quote Star Wars, and I even have the theme from the original Transformers animated movie by the band Lion on my ipod.

 

This stuff has always been cool to me. It’s always been a part of my life. And now that other people have heard of it I can talk to more people about it, I welcome the expansion.

 

And that got me thinking about the gospel.

 

I’ve been in church my whole life. I got saved at an early age. The Gospel and the church have been a part of my life for a long time.

 

They’ve been a part of the world for a long time for that matter. In the 18th and 19th centuries Christendom was in full swing with Europe and the US having many active churches. Then there was decline in the late 19th century and on into the 20th. Then a resurgence in the late 1950’s through the 1970’s. Then decline. Until recently. Have you heard of Acts 29?  Rob Bell? Donald Miller? Fireproof? Courageous?

 

Nerdcore Theology?

 

God does not let His church die. He is always faithful to His people.

 

Why do you think Israel is still a nation and the Jewish people are still going strong all around the world?

 

The world is and has been hostile to the gospel and the church has flourished through that.

 

Just like bullies hate nerds and yet the nerd’s culture has now taken over.

 

I’m always reminded of the sermon on the mount when I think of persecution, the church and the spread of the gospel. Words of hope and words of mission and words of expectation. So I’ll leave you with the words of Jesus, who can make a point way better than I can.

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

 

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

 

–Will Flora

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About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He is also a commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Hemphill First United Methodist Church and Pineland United Methodist Church. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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One Response to Guest Post by Will Flora: Nerd Culture and the Gospel

  1. grantimusmax says:

    You can all read more of Will Flora’s writing at his own blog, My Heart Ablaze! http://www.highercallingmedia.com/willflora/

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