February 16th, 2019
The Witcher tells the story of a man named Geralt who, as witchers do, tracks and hunts down monsters of various kinds. During a particular storyline, Geralt encounters an extremely feared and powerful higher vampire known as the Unseen Elder. Compared to human beings, the Unseen Elder’s powers and capabilities are essentially god-like. He dwells in a hidden cave away from civilization and spends his life in solidarity. He despises visitors of any sort (including the random stray rat or bat) and will only accept the presence of another in his cave if the visitor’s need is significant. Even then, the visitor faces certain death if they approach and interact with the Unseen Elder in a way in which he does not approve. For the most part, beings will steer clear from the Unseen Elder’s cave unless their need is greater than their fear of death.
Unfortunately, this is the way in which many see and/or depict God. God is seen as a superior being who exists in Heaven (or some place similar) and does not wish to be disturbed by lowly humans. If one seeks to approach Him, their need or request ought to be consequential and/or urgent. Approach or interact with God in a way that He deems unworthy or impious and you may lose your life, perhaps even for all eternity. Fail to give God the exact respect that He deserves, and you will suffer. This line of thinking fuels most religions, which are essentially compilations of beliefs and rituals meant to keep people on the good side of God, the gods, or the divine.
Instead, the world needs to see the God who looks like Jesus. A God who said to “let the little children come to me” (Matthew 19:14, NIV), after the disciples rebuked the people bringing the children over because they thought that they were disturbing Jesus. A God who tells people to “ask and it will be given to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV). A God who boldly declares to all people “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink” (John 7:37, NIV). This is a God who wishes that people would come and “disturb” Him. He desires for people to enter His “domain” or “realm”. He longs for people not to avoid Him out of fear of death, but instead to seek Him out of a desire for life. The Unseen Elder may despise the world and its inhabitants, but the God revealed in Jesus surely does not.
CD Projekt Red. (2015). The witcher 3: Wild hunt [Video Game]. Poland: CD Projekt.