Books and Movies, Musings

Sci-fi and Jesus

I love stories. I’m not only  a storyteller, I’m also a story collector. I don’t care if the tale is written, acted, or completely non-verbal. Stories are who we are. They are how we communicate our true, subconscious feelings. Anyone who has given me 5 minutes (whether in person or in my writing) knows that I interpret things differently from a lot of people. I’ve been known to use stories I’ve collected to explain ideas, often in ways that make heads spin. Science fiction is one of my favorite things to pull these bewildering pictures from.

170351e2d72bcdad2ade91c6ab0795f3I love it, because Sci-fi opens up the mind to ideas that seem just insane. Truth is ever so much stranger than fiction,  and it can be helpful in wrapping your brain around life. Take Doctor Who, for example. It is so beautifully full of allegories. My favorite is one that my Fairy Godmother told me.

Your heart is a TARDIS. It is bigger on the inside. It is old and new at the same time. Old, because it is also His heart. New, because you are a new creation and you are continually being renewed. It has more rooms than you could ever discover. There is more power in it than could ever be understood.

I think sometimes we get so caught up in this world that we try to fit everything into it. But, we aren’t simply earthly creatures, we are also creatures of a different realm. One with completely different physics. It’s weird. But it’s beautiful. If you can accept some of the crazy ways things work in stories, sometimes it’s easier to grasp concepts like grace. Grace really doesn’t make any sense. When someone has done wrong, you should retaliate or correct them. Grace not only seems foolish, it sounds unjust. But when you have accepted things like the fact that the TARDIS is unfathomably enormous, the idea that maybe our idea of justice isn’t exactly right isn’t as hard to grasp. Nothing is truly as it seems. There is so much we don’t know about our Magnificent and Glorious Life.

I know I’m hardly a nerd. I’ve been told that I really can’t even say that I like sci-fi because I haven’t read or seen certain things. But I don’t think you have to be super well versed in the genre to learn from it. Jesus is literally everywhere. He is so ingrained in the world that you only have to open your eyes. There He is.

Musings

JOY!

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Lately I have been thinking about guilt. I have a lot of it. Guilt that I shouldn’t have done something that I can’t really fix now. That I missed an opportunity that I should have taken. It’s usually that I did something I shouldn’t have. But there is something that I have heard a lot recently.

We can’t mess up. We are given a free gift that we could never earn and can never deserve. We are on the winning team, and we won’t be kicked off.

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Because of this, we should be joyful, but so many people aren’t! Why do we do that?! We go around all torn up because of our guilt.

We have a little thing in our family. It started when someone said something about a guilty conscience, but kind of stumbled over the words and said conference. “Welcome to the Guilty Conference!”–turns to the side and hides face”Oh! I can’t believe I said that!”

So often Christian gatherings turn into Guilty Conferences! We get together, and instead of rejoicing and celebrating the freedom we have in Christ, we mope about and talk about all the rules we are following, and how hard it is to do, and how “people these days” aren’t following them.

How about this? Be honest about your own failures, but don’t focus on them, because you are free from them, use them to point back to how amazing God is. And then, celebrate. Even if you are just celebrating the fact that God can use someone as messed up as you, that’s a start. Just truly be happy. Seriously, there should be a whole lot more celebrating in the Christian community than there is. Why don’t we get excited about things? We have so much to be happy about!