For months Dwayne Johnson (he’ll always be the Rock to me) has been hinting at a role in the DC Universe. Yesterday he finally made it official that he will be portraying Black Adam.
I was excited when I read that news because I love the Rock, but then I realized that I had absolutely no idea who Black Adam was. I am The Christian Nerd and I didn’t know anything about something nerdy. That is a little disappointing and embarrassing.
We all have nerdy blind spots, though. No matter how nerdy we are, we are always going to have a few blind spots.
I don’t know much about DC Comics outside of Superman and Batman. I’ve never read DC Comics and I really don’t like most of their characters.
I’m also pretty lost when it comes to anime. I watched Tank Police when I was 13 but that’s about it. There’s an entire world out there of anime and manga that is completely foreign to me.
There are also a lot of video game franchises that don’t mean anything to me as well as television series I’ve never watched. I saw Stargate the movie but have no idea how that movie spawned 37 television series.
I’m comfortable in my wheelhouses of Star Wars, Star Trek and the X-Men. My nerd hand is strong when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Doctor Who. But no nerd can know everything. If we nerd out about everything then are we actually nerding out about nothing?
Our nerdy blind spots are a good analogy for the body of Christ. No nerd can know everything on his or her own and no Christian can fulfill every role in the body of Christ. Voltron needed five different lions and the body of Christ needs different followers of Jesus using their different gifts.
I’m extremely grateful that I don’t have to do God’s work in this world on my own. I’m pretty good at talking about Jesus and running a game of dodge ball. I’m not as good at meeting the needs of hurting people or praying for others.
Our deficiencies are a great reminder that we can’t be the body of Christ on our own; we need other people. And just like we can never nerd out about everything, we can never accomplish God’s work in this world on our own.
What are some of your nerdy blind spots?