Many Christian geeks tend to be outsiders and loners. Part of this is temperament, as geeks tend to be introverts interested in their fandoms more than relationships. You don’t go hardcore geek with a wife and three kids; you don’t have the time or luxury to do so.
Part is also that the church doesn’t know what to do with us. Unbelievers they get and church people they get, but they don’t know what to do with people who fuse both aspects when it comes to culture. The idea of a Christian geek who is in love with art and is neither corrupted by it or bowdlerizing it is a unicorn to them.
Nevertheless, solitude is a sacrifice many geeks can offer. For some, simply overcoming the past and attending church is such. For others, making more of an effort to include others in their lives suffices. To offer up our wariness and solitude for him is far better than to not eat meat.
2. Our combative nature.
Geeks love argument and debate. We love to see things differently and we love our opinions on our favorite fandoms. Each of us has a unique take on things, and you can toss us into a forum and watch the fur fly. In fact, the best way to shut up a geek is to agree with him.
But a big sacrifice for us is to sit still, listen, and agree. Not all opinions are an attack on us, and we’re so used to defending our individuality with debate that we don’t always get that we don’t need to do so all the time. To let go of ourselves and be comfortable with others can be a huge sacrifice for a defensive, individualistic geek.
Geeks do a lot of things that hurt themselves. We eat bad things, let our hygiene suffer, neglect to exercise, and avoid taking care of our health. This can harm us later on.
The verse says that we were bought with a price. As Christians, God is our master and redeemer. We too often put our short-term comfort over our long-term health, and that can damage us as well as limit what we can do for God. A good sacrifice for a geek is to think of himself as the Lord’s soldier, and a soldier guards his health to be useful when battle comes. Too many all-nighters on the 360 doesn’t help that. He also makes sure to let his commander know when he is I’ll and takes steps to heal.
Christian geeks are just as much God’s soldiers as anyone. I feel the purpose of Lent is to make us thoughtful of being better soldiers. To give something up or sacrifice is not an empty act. He does desire obedience first. You sacrifice to obey better.
Geeks should do so too, but the hardcore of us need to obey in different areas. Eating fish or giving up PS3 games won’t always work for us. We have other things dearer to us that stand in the way. Everyone has their own issues, but the point of this is to get Christian geeks to stop thinking of ceremonial sacrifices and to start thinking of real ones.