5 Misconceptions The Church Has About Geeks

I attempt every day to break the misconceptions that the church has in regards to geek culture. There have been many articles written about this topic, promoting the need for a Christian resource in the culture. There are several groups out there that try and combat this stereotype as well.

Even while we have a lot of groups out there offering a voice to the culture, we still deal with the false stereotypes of what a Christian geek is and is not. Here are five of the most common:

1.  Geeks are antisocial and out of touch with reality.

I’m sure many of you have heard this before, and modern media only paints a blurrier picture of what a geek is: post nasal drip, pocket protector, an affinity for cheese… We’ve heard it all! However, when you look at the big picture of what geek culture really is, you’ll see that there are more social, outgoing, and downright fun people to be found. Many geeks spend time in front of a video camera or webcam, sharing the things they love.

2. Geeks practice sorcery or witchcraft when they participate in LARPing events or play Magic the Gathering card games.

Such a platform for the church to speak out against Christians who enjoy these types of things! I cannot count on both hands how many videos or sermons have been devoted to this very thing–claiming that the participant is worshiping a demon or practicing magick. Granted, there are those in the culture who take things too far, but that can be said about any culture, even sports. Give us some credit, church! Most Christians know when their passions cross the line and aren’t afraid to say “we don’t want part in that.”

3. Gaming geeks are losers who live in their parent’s basement and gorge themselves on food and porn while gaming.

I get fed up when I hear this stereotype! Granted, my mancave is technically in my “basement,” but guess what? I have a full-time job, support a family of four, and work hard to pay for all the things I enjoy. Many Christian geeks are the exact same way, and are active in their church, and even on staff in some instances. Regarding sin, we share the same convictions as the next Christian.

4. Geeks are just insecure and don’t know how to cope with other people.

I have met more insecure people outside of geek culture than in it. A geek doesn’t care what you think of them or their hobby. They just want to be around the stuff they love. In fact, there is a certain beauty about someone who can “make a fool of themselves” in front of people and not care what others think about them. Geeks are not only smart and outgoing, but they are also unashamed of the things they are passionate about.

5. A geek can’t be a geek and a Christian at the same time.

Is this the message the church wants to send? How many times at church have you heard the preacher say something about the local sports team and everyone smirks and laughs? It’s completely acceptable for someone to participate in fandom of that sort and be a devout Christian, but it’s not OK for geeks to be devout Christians and participate in theirs? Get outta here! We are just as passionate about God as we are about our hobbies, and when you see us putting in work at a mission or at church, maybe you should come over and give a hearty thanks, because geeks rule!

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Drew Koehler

Founder and writer for Geeks Under Grace. Christian, Husband, Father, Sailor and Geek!

14 Comments

  1. Preacher on August 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I forgot I wrote this

    • Tim on February 7, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Why do you regret it? Or do you have more insight on MTG.

  2. Joel on February 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    You know what ticks me off? When churches say video games cause violence.

  3. Josh on February 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    These are almost the exact same things the church says about being into metal.

    But on the practicing witchcraft one. At my old church I was involved in a group that played Dungeons and Dragons. We were very open about it and invited the elders along to see what it was like. They didn’t come along and everything was fine. Then about 6 months after I’d left everything went to poop. One of the elders handed out pamphlets about how evil and devil worshipy D&D was and my old Chrich was suddenly all up in arms about it. Thus my group got forced to quit playing. The worst thing about it was it had basically turned into an outreach program in that we had a group of non-christians coming along that wouldn’t have normally come to Church.

  4. questdrivencollie on September 19, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Numbers two and five are what I’ve usually heard. I grew up with parents and a church and practically all the Christian sources we used, echoed the ideology of #2. Even Pokemon was considered demonic.
    My parents were free to raise me as they saw fit, though this is one area I’ve come to disagree with them on. Fortunately by the time I began to disagree, I was over 18, so I no longer need permission to watch or play things and I wasn’t pushed into an attitude of rebelling against my parents because of that. For a while, though, I still resented being raised the way I was, but…God showed me that’s not the right attitude.

    I’m an anime geek, play video games casually, associate myself a bit with the furry fandom (the clean side of it), yet I’m also active at church and often volunteer to help with church goings-on and outreach attempts. I’ve gone through trials and victories like any other Christian, yet I’ve always been one to be a geek about *something*. That hasn’t changed at any point, either before or after dedicating my life to Christ. (Though I do have to watch myself lest my fandoms/interests become an idol, and have had to repent of it more than I’d like to admit.)

  5. Ultimarad on September 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I completely relate to #2. I was going through a “Steps to Freedom” booklet, (for those that don’t know, it’s a booklet designed to help you shake off the burdens of your own sins by identifying them and praying against them) were on one page that lists “sinful” activities and hobbies, videogames was on the list as well as “trading card games, eg, Magic the Gathering”. Don’t get me wrong, the Steps to Freedom booklet was great, but I realised then that even great Christian resources like this can be made by people with rather different theological ideas from me. Now I realise this is a common misconception, I’m pleased to see I’m not the only one.

    • Rob M. on September 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I wonder how much of an unnecessary burden that has placed on people, though? It does sound like a great concept (the steps to freedom, I mean), but making things into sin that aren’t in and of themselves sin seems more hurtful than helpful.

  6. Michael M. on September 14, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Awesome Drew, I’m glad you wrote this. Some of those points have been on my heart, and you expressed them very well. This is a great wake up call for many Christians, especially those with rocks in their hands ready to go. Geeks are just people, the same way like you describe sports people. I personally dont’ care about sports, but I know some people who watch it all the time, know the players, stats, who said what, etc. etc. just as much as I would know if I heard a gaming podcast I would understand everything they were talking about.

    Love it, and hope a lot of people receive freedom from this one.

  7. Rob M. on September 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Number 2. So much number 2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who realizes this.

    • Blake on September 14, 2014 at 12:54 am

      SOOO much number 2, I actually had a great D&D group going with some younger boys(ages 12-14) from my church when my dad had just started pastoring. It was a great way to get to know them and to socialize. We played for about three weeks before one of the older men in our church heard we were playing and then read an article online(on a sight with various other “interesting” articles) talking about how D&D players were worshiping satan and doing other various evil things and then got it shut down, We have since moved on to the Edge of the Empire RPG(knowing that while I could defend the game he most likely wouldn’t be willing to hear it) but it is still frustrating to know that a great thing was ended due to ignorance and fear.

  8. Victoria Grace Howell on September 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Amen. Great post. I think there needs to be more geek stuff in the church, because it does seem that sports are accepted and anything geeky is put down nor necessarily as of the devil but silly and irrelevant and childish. There are so many Christian principals in many geeky things more so than in sports. I don’t like how a lot of Christians seem to try to find devil things inside movies, video games, shows and books. Like growing up I knew a family that thought the Chronicles of Narnia of all things was bad because they believed Aslan was like the lion that devours (1 Peter 5:8), but what about the Lion of Judah aka Jesus? It’s just silly and close-minded and annoying. I get put down for going to conventions, but yet going to football games is accepted. Same thing, people. Thank for this. So sharing.

    • Art05 on September 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Which is even more horrible, considering that C. S. Lewis was a Christian, Aslan was meant as a representation of Christ, and even today atheists see the Narnia books as Lewis shoving “religion” down the throats of young, gullible, eager readers.

  9. Drew Camp on September 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Can we have a “5 Misconceptions Geeks Have About The Church” follow up article?

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