Reopening June 7 - Service times for June - 9:00am and 10:45am - Click the envelope for more details!

Geek Out Over God's Word

Trekkies, Potterheads, fans of Marvel (Stan Lee called them “True Believers”), Perhaps you know someone who identifies themselves in one or more of these fandoms.

With 23 movies, and newer TV shows like WandaVision and Loki on Disney+, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has a large group of devotees, including my sons. They will discuss with great excitement the revelations and connections they find between the various installments of films and programming.

Fans in any of these categories find joy in revisiting their favorite episodes, not only to be reminded of the critical storylines they love, but also to find hidden gems (Easter eggs as they are known) the creator placed in the movie or show. Sometimes these Easter eggs add another layer of connection to the main storyline. Sometimes they are confusing and defy what you know so far. Sometimes they’re a source of great debate among fans. But discovering those little interesting nuggets in a fictional world you love so much always serves to strengthen your obsession and endear you even more to the characters and storylines.

Why do we find so many times that we who are called Christians are not as excited about immersing ourselves in the true story given to us by our Creator?

I’m sure many of us have mindlessly consumed our favorite secular programming on days where we never reached for the soul nourishing truth of the word of God. I know I have found myself in that place at times. Here are a few pieces of advice from my experience.

  1. Go to the source and fill yourself with God‘s word.

I know we know the gospel, but every time I read the Bible, I am reminded of all the ways God showed His love and of the guidance He gives to help us live our best lives.

“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:15-17 NLT

If you watch a streaming service like Netflix, Peacock, or Disney+, consider watching some videos on RightNow Media or The Chosen app. This should not be a replacement for Bible reading, but it might prompt your mind to make even greater connections.

  1. Find like-minded people to geek out with.

All kinds of fans go to conventions. Christians find similar connections in our local congregation, especially Sunday school and small groups. This is where we can take everything we have read, seen, and heard and discuss it in detail with others. We can strengthen the evidence for the deeply held tenets of our faith, as well as wrestle with things we don’t understand for the sheer joy of considering all we don’t know about God and history on this side of heaven. You can ask those in my small group and they will tell you I regularly address the question from the Immerse reading plan which says, “Was there anything confusing or troubling?” I commonly have a question, The word “Wow”, or the word EEK! written in the margin next to passages (Gen. 6:4, 38:9-10, and 40:19 to name a few) in the two volumes of the Immerse Bible we have read. None of these things makes me doubt my faith, but they do intrigue me and make it more exciting to read this book which some others say is boring.

  1. Tell others!

I’m definitely not advocating to start sharing your faith by referencing the verses I mentioned in the last paragraph. However, if your identity is in Christ, the excitement you build from individual and group study will inevitably spill over into sharing with others. Should we be any less passionate about sharing the truth than we are about engaging in our favorite fictional fandom? Certainly not!

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 NLT

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” - Matthew 28:19 NLT

I believe it all starts with our personal Bible reading. That’s where we get filled. That’s where the spark begins.

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” - Acts 17:11b NLT

Let us all find joy in searching the scriptures for amazing and intriguing things, but mostly for continuing to find guidance on God’s will for our lives and greater evidence for the truth of hope and salvation that we wish to share with everyone. Talk the talk, walk the walk, wear the t-shirt! Let people know you are a Christian by what you say and do.

- Jonathan Maerkl