Two years ago, just before the new season of fall television began, I desperately wanted Supergirl to be a huge success.
It’s easy to see why: This was the first female-led superhero show in a long time, and of course as a female superhero fan I wanted to see one of my favorites make it big on the small screen. It was joining the ranks of (if not initially the same network as) Arrow and The Flash, and crossovers are one of my favorite things on television…and it was ripe with potential. Finally, with Melissa Benoist as the leading role, I was excited for the prospect of a high-octane, action-packed show balanced by quirky innocence, lovable characters, and golden-hearted fun.
However, even after its introduction into the CW universe, it’s certainly struggled – and not just with CGI.
Actually, my favorite “Arrowverse” show has become DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Why? It’s simple, really. After a hit-and-miss first season, the writers decided to stop taking the show so seriously.
Suddenly, the characters’ dialogue flowed more freely. Banter and play-fighting became commonplace. In short, it became genuinely entertaining to watch.
Whether or not you agree with my take on the Arrowverse, I believe it shows us an important lesson we can apply to our lives as Christians: Sometimes, it’s better to have fun with our non-Christian friends rather than bash them over the head with the Bible all the time.
We at Geeks Under Grace understand this; we are all back-door evangelists who enjoy our fandoms thoroughly while low-key building friendships that may lead to someone’s salvation. Nevertheless, I still see people in the Christian community who regularly trade the chance to build a potential relationship for the opportunity to spout Scripture.
Honestly, I’ve never seen it work.
Paul is a great example of how to put this clandestine evangelism strategy into action. In I Corinthians 9, he talks about “becoming all things to all people so that, by all means, [he] might save some” (1 Cor. 9:19-23). People are almost never won over by those self-righteous, holier-than-thou salespeople who only point out the flaws in others’ lives.
In fact, when Jesus prayed for the church in John 17, He asks His father not to take us out of the world, but that we would be able to thrive in this world in spite of the enemy (John 17:14-19). We are not still here because we’re just waiting until we get to heaven. We are here with a mission – to serve God by helping our brothers and sisters in Christ come back to the Father. Our attitude must not be that of an impatient child standing in line to eat candy, but rather to grab as many of our friends as we can so we can all get some together!
In order to do that, we must come alongside each other and relate to one another with love, just as Jesus demonstrated and commanded (John 13:34-35). In this way, we put God’s love before ourselves – we who are just as much a sinner as those who we are trying to save – and live “in the world, but not of it” so that even one more person might be saved.
The next time you’re tempted to quote your favorite piece of Scripture to a non-Christian friend – or you see someone you know do so – be reminded not to take the Good Fight so seriously, and put Love first.
Annie M. Pasquinelli is the worship and media director at a small church in Eugene, Oregon and the author of the Fearless Nine book series about a team of faith-based superheroes. She is also a scuba diver and a graduate of Oregon State University.
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