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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Big Bang Theory Christianity

The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular TV shows today. It is primarily about 4 science nerds and a girl though they added a wife for one nerd, a nerdy girlfriend for another, and another nerd is in and out of relationships. But outside of that, these nerds need the girl to learn about the outside world. This is because these nerds are so into their fields of expertise and the world science fiction and superhero comic books, they need the girl to learn how to relate to the rest of the world. So while the nerds are scientific geniuses, the girl teaches them how to relate to the world.

In essence, The Big Bang Theory TV show gives us a picture of the Conservative Church in America. We know how to be experts in theology and prayer.In addition, we are so into the "spiritual" world with the rapture, the end times, baptism, the doctrine of the trinity, TULIP, Dispensationalism, Convenant Theology, church planting, hymn singing, and how people are saved, that we are at a total loss in terms of relating to the world and helping it deal with its problems. Thus, because we are so engulfed by our religious trappings and what makes our churches feel more comfortable that we have become religious nerds as well as evangelically impotent. And because we are religious nerds who cannot relate to the world or address its problems, when we evangelize, we are seeking not only to convert people to Christianity, but trying to change them in nerds like ourselves. 

In addition, we have to admit that life is good for us religious nerds. That is because we can hide from an ever volatile and decaying world by living in our religious bubbles. However, there is a problem for us when we do that. The problem is that we cannot tell if the peace we feel is from the serene environment provided by our bubble or from Christ who has told us to go out into the world. Another problem we have here is that the more we reside in our religious bubbles, the worse our stewardship is for God. After all, we are called to be stewards of His creation and we have to do that in the midst of the atrocities and apathy that have become so prevalent in our world.

Of course, there are Conservative Christians who do some engagement with the real world and its problems. Unfortunately, because of loyalty to the Conservative label, they have sided with the status quo and have thus resisted criticism of and changing an unjust system. Their loyalty to the Conservative label shows a greater commitment to ideology than to investigation, questioning, self-criticism, and creating rational approaches. But let's give them their due and a good deal of credit; though their ideology partially holds them in a bubble, they are also partially outside the bubble by engaging with the world rather than hiding from its problems. They are trying to be better stewards of the for God. They are applying their faith in contrast to those who completely reside in their religious bubbles.

If Conservative Christians really want to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to the world, we MUST engage in the world as we would do in the Word. We must engage in the world not to change what the Word says according to what the world says, but to change the world according to what the Word says. And this applies to social morality as it does to personal morality. If we don't, if we prefer enjoying our own personal peace to trying to bring peace to a warring world, we will be found guilty of serving ourselves rather than serving Christ. So we have a choice, we can be religious nerds or we can carry the cross that come with being engaged with the world in order to bring Christ to it.


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