In Japan it’s a derogatory term for an obsessed Geek
In America this term is a term used to describe an Awesome Geek.
Usually the Geeky Interests are one of the following:
- Anime (Japanese Animated Shows)
- Manga (Japanese Comics)
- Video Games
- Sci-Fi Shows
- American Comics
- Cosplay (Costumes related to one of the previous)
Sun Tzu spent a deal of time on the use of spies. He posited that if you neglected the money and effort to employ them, it was a crime against humanity, because of the suffering that a prolonged conflict would cause.
He also stated that measurements, statistics, variables, all these things were useful, yet would never completely measure the human elements of motivation and action.
Therefore, before we advance further, let’s take a look at the Otaku community:
A community that is
- Plagued by enormous outside pressure and misunderstanding
- Believes the church to be wildly ignorant
Church members have, and much of the Church doesn’t know the Bible well enough to apply
it in their own lives
- The only example I will present is your own memory of personal experiences
- Readily accepting of new members
- Yet equally ready to ostracise without any warning
- Yet they are receptive to Christianity
- Everyone will tell you something shocking to drive you away
- because if you stay and are the kind they know you won’t hate
Did I describe the modern church, or the otaku community? Go back and read it, in many ways, the cultural dynamic is mind numbingly similar.
In a culture permeated by shows like the The Big Bang Theory, some mass shootings are blamed on nerd culture the same way riots were blamed on rock and roll. This Culture is the same one that believes Westboro Baptist represents all of modern Christianity.
There is the view that Christians are celibate and cloistered. The same stereotype is applied to geeks. The American-big-burger-beer-white-picket-fence mentality that stifles authentic Christianity, doesn’t like the Otaku’s love of Japanese culture either. Both Christians and geeks have trouble feeling comfortable in their own skin.
Many Otaku’s got the crap kicked out of them in high school for being weird.
Many of them had a pastor or friend tell them they were on the brink of demon worship.
Most of them will shut you down and ignore you if you preach at us about how video games make you a violent slacker, or pokemon is filled with evil monsters.
My rebuttal would be that all of those things were done to me, and the church nearly alienated me from the culture that is supposed to be the most accepting on the planet.
You will see shocking things at anime conventions. Some of the costumes will cause non-christians to look away and feel more awkward than a christian should. Why? Because those are the people who give Otaku’s a bad name. It will take years for Christianity to relearn communication with people who have no problem dressing up as a Japanese demon butler.
Cosplaying Jesus isn’t the solution, rather a shortcut. I used the example to show you that it’s possible to be there, but also to show what not to do, and why. An evangelist shouldn’t forcibly announce their Christianity, but rather invite oppertunities with kindness. In fact, it will take a generation of Christians to undo years of damage. What we don’t need is for Christians to continue this trend of ignorance.
We need people who are familiar with the culture, kindhearted, patient, wise, discerning, graceful, and focused on maintaining relationships, even when there is no fruit but acceptance. Because acceptance is huge!
Watch two of these to start to understand the Otaku culture
Attack on Titan
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Ghost in the Shell
If you feel I’ve left out a specific ninja, take a pilgrimage to a ComicCon, you’re an Otaku
Ian is a self proclaimed “Ninja with a Pen,” with a penchant for dark humor and nerdy jokes only .0001% population finds rib shattering. His obsession of the month is making a simultaneous extrusion 3d Printer from legos, hot glue guns, and neck beard level determination. He has a 1st degree black belt and a degree in creative character killing (read: writing). The style and location of the dojo is classified for your safety.
Incidentally, he’s also sci-fi writer, his first book is on Amazon and Kindle
The World is a Foothold
And the Facebook for his series is
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