Salvation by the Mundane

Logically not much about the anime series Crane Game Girls makes sense. It’s an anime series about three girls who think they’re going to become pop idols. How? Well, currently by working at an arcade. Also, in their free time they’re practicing crane game skills. When they succeed, they are actually…saving the world from asteroids which are on track to destroy the entire world. Somehow, their actions winning at these crane games are saving the world, powering massive equipment which knocks the asteroids off-course and keeps the world safe. With their huge push on crane games, I wouldn’t be surprised to find the “crane game lobby” is pushing the series to show how awesome they are.

At its face as I describe the series it seems to make no sense at all. Some seemingly mundane act (winning at a crane game) is going to save the world? How is there any logic in that? And, to be fair, the show is devoid of logic and merely a silly short form series full of silliness and tips to win at crane games. But really – how crazy does it sound? Totally illogical to say the least. Yet, each episode’s plot is just that – the world one step closer to being completely free of the potential destruction from these asteroids all from the act of three girls playing crane games successfully in concert. It’s nonsense this mundane act saving the world – and that’s how the world sees Christianity.

Whoa, whoa, whoa – hold up, you are probably thinking. The world doesn’t think Christianity is nonsense. It’s all about love, you think. No, it’s not. And yes, they do. Think about it like this – and think about trying to explain this at it’s face to someone who never heard anything about Christianity in their life. No pre-conceived notions, nothing. Christianity involves the creator of the universe choosing to become a man. Not just any man, but a poor man born to a poor family living among a subjugated people with minimal to no fanfare in the middle of a census. God then lives a life among men knowing full well that people are broken, flawed – and going to kill Him. He lives His life outside of most major cities, preaching about how wonderful God is, how we need to boldly reject evil in our lives and thoughts, and how only through Him can one get closer to God. He is betrayed by one of His closest followers and sentenced to death. Not just any death, but a brutal one after a period of mockery and physical torture/abuse. He chooses death, choosing to serve as a sacrificial lamb at His own alter to free man from their own sins letting His own creation kill Him. After His death, our God in human form would be resurrected on the third day and command His disciples to tell everyone about Him. The path to salvation, to Heaven, is paved in the blood of our God who was transformed into a man. The blood of one dead peasant from a long gone empire approximately 2000 years ago having the power to save us from the wrath of God. Imagine again explaining this to someone with no background. Now imagine them saying the same thing you said about Crane Game Girls – “That’s just crazy nonsense.”

In 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Paul pretty much lays out that this is how the world is expected to react to Christ. He refers to the Gospel as foolishness to the Gentiles and a stumbling block to the Jews. He calls it foolishness to those who are perishing (i.e. those who are lost without Jesus). To them apart from the Holy Spirit, everything we say seems like nonsense. But, the “foolishness” of God is far superior to any “wisdom of man.” So while the world may find what we believe to be nonsense, they’re wrong. Their wisdom is based on assumptions from fleeting creatures which will eventually die. Ours is based on a reality far greater, that of an infinite truth based on an almighty God.

So yea, the world does think this Jesus of ours is nonsense. They do think what we truly believe makes no sense, just as Crane Game Girls make no sense when I try to explain it. But, in the end in both cases seemingly mundane actions have the power to save the world. The world is wrong. Christ is the center of our salvation and that is truly amazing.

About the Author

Matthew Newman

Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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