5 Ways Christians Can Relate to Super Mario

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Mama Mia! Several months back we wrote an article about 5 ways that Christians can relate to Sonic the Hedgehog. To my surprise, that article ended up being one of the most popular posts on Gamerfaith in 2013. It was pretty much inevitable that the mustached plumber was eventually going to receive an article of his own!

Mario has offered gaming goodness to multiple generations of kids and adults. The bright colors, lively characters, and clean content are just a few of the things that are so universally appealing.

Mario obviously isn’t intended to be a religious game (In fact, I’m pretty sure that Nintendo has a fairly strict no real religions in our games rule) but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few valuable moral lessons that can be learned from the chubby Italian. Last weeks article was pretty heavy, so this week we are going to take a more lighthearted approach. Let’s take a look at 5 Ways Christians Can Relate to Super Mario! Yahoo!

 

We Can’t Go The Wrong Way

Super Blast Koopa Troopa - Christians can relate to Super Mario

Even Koopa Troopas and Goombas have the option to go the right way! (see paper mario)

In real life we can make choices. These choices greatly effect where we end up. In Super Mario Bros for the NES it was impossible to go the wrong way, because the screen only scrolled to the right…

Despite our option to go the wrong way, we should continue to go the right direction! We will never complete our mission if we wander around aimlessly. We will never reach the goal post by going to the left!

Matthew 7:13-14 (ESV)

 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Read all of Matthew 7 here!

 

We Have To Be Persistent When the Princess is in Another Castle

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Well that’s just peachy, the princess is in another castle…

Why? Why me? I’ma gonna give up!” said Mario never.

Mario doesn’t stop his mission just because he goes through trouble. I mean, most of his endeavors are seemingly useless. He generally goes through seven incorrect worlds and castles before he reaches the right one. This doesn’t deter Mario from rescuing his lovely princess though. In fact, he just enthusiastically heads to his next destination without a moments hesitation.

There’s a few reasons for this:

  • Mario is motivated by love. It doesn’t matter whether he’s rescuing the princess, a friend, or someone he’s never met. Mario cares about people, so when there’s trouble in the Mushroom Kingdom, he goes on autopilot.
  • Sometimes Mario isn’t ready to take on Bowser yet. Mario sharpens his skills when he goes through the trials in each level. Are you letting your struggles make you stronger?
  • There are other people to rescue along the way. Mario has one main quest, but there’s no reason why he can’t help other people along the way. Side quests FTW!

Do you have limit breaking persistence? Are you willing to jump over the pitfalls, avoid dangerous koopa shells, and sprint under the feet of fire-breathing dinosaurs? Do what it takes, and don’t worry, you don’t have to do it alone! If we have a relationship with God, we can have confidence that He knows what’s best for us. In addition to that…

Our Bros Have Our Back

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Oh yeah! Luigi time! Mario’s awesome brother Luigi is my favorite guy in the entire Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi has some issues with worry, but that doesn’t stop him from having his bro’s back. He has even ventured through a creepy mansion AND gone on a geographically educational journey around the world (yes this really happened) to rescue his brother.

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Read all of Proverbs 27 here!

When we surround ourselves with other God-loving individuals, we have the opportunity to become sharper. When we have a bunch of friends that are always horrible influences, our chances for growing are probably not so good. That isn’t to say that we should abandon people in need. We should, however, have perspective on who is going to help us to live a better life. It’s good to have some bro’s that will come after you if you ever get stuck inside of a painting… or whatever.

Our Time is Limited

Super Blast Daisy - Christians can relate to Super Mario

We all have to ask ourselves two important questions:

  1. Why are Daisy’s eyes so wide open in the picture above.
  2. Are we using our time wisely?

I don’t have an answer to the first question, but there is a lot to think about with the second one.

In many Mario games, there is a timer located in the corner of the screen. When the timer get’s low, the music starts playing really fast. The fast music is usually an indicator that you’ve wasted too much time, and you better change your priorities if you want to reach the end of the level on time.

We don’t have a big set of numbers that gradually ticks down as an indication of when our time is up, so we have to be extra careful about how we spend every moment. How much time do you spend:

Hint: If the amount of time you spend watching Game of Thrones is higher than this number, there are probably a few major things that need to be worked on in your life.

The Mushroom Kingdom is Our Concern

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The main concern for Mario and pals is the well being of the Mushroom Kingdom. That’s because the Mushroom Kingdom is a super awesome place! Not nearly as awesome as the Kingdom that Christians seek, though.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Read all of Matthew 6 here!

When we keep what’s important in perspective, we can avoid the trouble of anxiety. Focus on what matters, not the things that are temporary!

So what are you waiting for? Go grab some stars, bust some bricks, and help some people in need!

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5 Comments

  • Craigeniah says:

    Awesome post and awesome YouTube video gonna share this for sure! keep em coming! =)

  • Sherry Miller says:

    I would like a clean print of this to share with a secret grandchild I have been matched with at Church. She lists Super Mario Bros as her favorite game. I think as a 10 year old this would be a great way to bring a christian message and let her know I acknowledge her interests. May I repint?

    • Caleb Nisley says:

      Sherry, I’m sorry that it took me so long to reply! Something must be going on with my email notifications, but OF COURSE you can reprint! I hope it’s not too late! I hope it encourages her in her walk with God!

  • ProtectMySteps says:

    I really like the Super Mario series, but I’m often kind of scared that can playing is a sin. I don’t really know why, but I’d like to hear some advices about it, because I really like to play, but sometimes these feelings that playing might be a sin make me scared. Sorry If I wrote in a wrong section, and thanks for your advices.

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