Nerd Pastor Nate
Embracing the Meme
In last week's newsletter, I talked about one key takeaway nerds could use from the church. This week - it's the polar opposite. One of the major weaknesses of the church universal is our inability to embrace nuance and cynicism. Basically - we need to embrace the meme (and I'm not talking about Babylon Bee).
When the latest Xbox console first debuted, fans and haters alike had a fit with the design. The upright adjustment to the console gave the unit the nickname, 'The Fridge.' Xbox Execs could have pitched a fit, pouted, or fired shots back - instead, they dropped a legit Xbox Refrigerator and sent it to influencers worldwide. Whenever Jesus expressed hope that we might humble ourselves, is it possible this kind of thing was his reference?
The Internet is a cruel place. The lack of face-to-face interaction allows for a comfort of anonymity that makes individuals say things that they wouldn't otherwise. We boldly believe at Checkpoint that, when done in a harmful way, these acts are unacceptable. However, sometimes we might attribute harm when none is intended or actually committed. In these instances, it might be better to humble ourselves and embrace the meme. In the church, we sometimes lose the ability to laugh at ourselves.
Our one zone of irony finds root in things like Babylon Bee that only highlight our differences and point the fingers to another other. True humility isn't one that points to others, but embraces the self in an act that unites and binds us with those who persecute us. It's tough. But it's our call - let them be meme'd!
God loves you. I love you. You matter.
Be boldly blessed.