Bernadine generally posts lots of pick me nonsense, because 90% of the time there’s nay a Scripture in sight backing a single thing she says rendering it nonsense.
By pick-me, I don’t mean women who want to be loved. Many of these SAHwifey influencers claim those criticizing pick-mes are criticizing women who want to generally be in a relationship, or get married, both of which no one is criticizing. Like 95% of humans wants to be in a relationship. A pick-me is a woman who vies for male attention/general praise by putting others (usually women) down in order to do achieve that. It’s not that these pick-mes want a relationship, but their means of gaining one involves being generally shady towards and criticizing women who don’t behave the way they do, or like the things they like.
Anyway apparently peak Biblical masculinity = not liking anime and video games. I suppose she prefers men partake in activities like watching football and posting constantly on social media about Harry Styles outfits? Ya know, all the extremely masculine activities Jesus and His twelve disciples participated in when they weren’t busy being stoned, whipped, and imprisoned.
Everything else aside, this post insinuates feminine, Christian women couldn’t possibly like video games or anime themselves which as a gamer who loves anime an cottage core that is actually what I find deeply offensive. Last year I played Spiderman, Horizon Forbidden West, and Jedi: Fallen Order. I re-watched HunterxHunter, and watched Chainsaw Man and Attack On Titan. I enjoy anime and video games, and most importantly I love Jesus. Many of my friends enjoy anime and/or video games and go to church every week, pray, read their Bibles, fast, and sing on their worship teams. And on Wednesdays we wear pink.
Now, I’m not saying Christians should go out and watch, or play, any old thing (I wouldn’t rec. Chainsaw Man tbh lol). However, there’s no difference between spending an hour playing video games each day vs. spending an hour on social media, or watching TV. Gaming is a hobby. Biblically, “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial,” which is the attitude Christians should adopt when considering what activities to participate in, or not (barring anything that’s explicitly forbidden in the Bible).
I’ve come to accept social media is all about clickbait and whatnot to get people’s attention and Bernadine does go into a bit further detail on what she means and it’s like 10% deeper than this screenshot. That said, I don’t like seeing “Christians” post low-effort content that lacks any Scripture anywhere. Ya know, the part that makes it Christian and not just an opinion.
As Christians, our opinions should be formed by the Bible, not tradition, not cultural concepts of femininity and masculinity, but by the Word of God. Many of these influencers like Bernadine have large Christian followings of young people, so spouting off inane takes like these are only going to result in a bunch of young Christian girls thinking their partners aren’t masculine enough because they play Mario Cart, which is stupid.
The question isn’t whether or not anime and video games are inherently unmasculine, it’s whether or not those things are hindering one’s walk with God, or not. If you find yourself constantly skipping out on social events, time with family, or time with God to play video games, then yeah you gotta a problem.
However, playing video games as time permits isn’t unmasculine and Biblically this falls under the “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” umbrella.
I can’t Tumblr but AlliefromSEA commented eons ago about wanting ratings of the good guys in Weak Hero and I aim to please, especially because I’m shocked anyone reads my blog.
All opinions are my own and my opinions are garbage, but loosely my criteria for a good character is not sure because I’ve never thought about it but:
Their removal would affect the plot i.e. their role/dialogue/etc. being removed or relegated to another character would change the story
They undergo some change/character development, for better or for worse, as the story progresses
We see different sides of their personality – aka they are presented as complex individuals with some negative and positive traits
They’re not a Mary Sue/Marty Stu or an author self-insert character that exists to either fulfill an author’s weird fantasy, or preach the author’s personal views
They have personal goals of their own unrelated to other characters
They aren’t so OP that the villains aren’t a threat to their goals (unless it’s a central part of the plot i.e. One Punch Man) butnot so weak that they aren’t a challenge for the villains
Rowan Im (Im Juyang)
talks a big game, can sort of back it up with hands
the reason Teddy joins Gray’s harem
childhood friends with Eugene
class 1 squad
low key a one-trick pony
KO’s Helmet with above mentioned one-trick
Rowan is mildly sus when first introduced, both in the sense that he appears weak or like a bully. However, he turns out to be a true bro with a level of courage that far surpasses his actual fighting skills. His backing of Teddy when they finally decide to knock Phillip Kim off his sand throne allows them to live a peaceful existence in class and integrate himself into Ben’s bro club.
Rowan is lowkey helpful in fights because his hyper elbow, when it connects, does serious damage.
Rowan Im Rating: 7.2/10
Eugene Gale(Seo Juntae)
Glasses Dude No. 1
can’t fight like at all and in a story like this, it’s an issue
desk buddies with the white mamba
nerdy but not super book smart
he makes an effort to better himself by going to cram school
physically weak but not a coward. Eugene knows he can’t fight and usually doesn’t try, but he does attempt to defend Gray a few times
got into delinquents because of Jake Ji
shuttle patch king
knows how to make an awkward situation less awkward (by ordering pizza!)
good with lights
Eugene is basically us as the reader, enchanted with Gray, unable to fight, and bad at school but good at collecting gossip and finding out the tea. For most of the story, he’s the side-kick to everyone else until he gets a day in the limelight when investigating some shady buying up of real estate.
Eugene’s knowledge of delinquent gangs comes in handy, but it’s ultimately the fact he’s a kind-hearted dude that allows him to hang with the bros at the pool hall. He’s also Grey’s first true friend.
Eugene Rating: 8.5/10
Gerard Jin (Jin Gayool)
broccoli head and upset when others point that out
tarot card king
the mad hound
the quiet one
extremely tall – several characters point this out, especially if they’re about to fight him
talented singer and guitarist
has an actual job even though he’s a child (?)
use to be in a moderately successful band called Slam
dark and tragic past that resulted in his face being scarred
only fights with his shoes
always sleeping in class or in bushes
KO’d the chiller half of the Mokha Duo
the reason Ben Park fought Jake Ji seriously
Gerard’s reason for hiding his face is actually because he’s hot for never using his fists in a fight is because he promised his ex-bandmate, Hyeonjin, he wouldn’t after Hyeonjin pulled Gerard out of a fire and consequently, burned his own hands. Gerard stuck to that promise even at the cost of almost being murdered because he’s a real one.
Gerard Jin Rating: 9.8/10
Stephen Ahn(Ahn Suho)
SAINT Stephen Ahn
king of giant safety pins
actually a genius when he puts in effort, which is never
Gray’s first real friend – like literally his only reason for living and the light of his life (no homo tho)
the reason Gray doesn’t like roof tops (or friends for that matter)
Stephen Ahn Rating: Myles Joo’s 2 seconds of Screen Time/10
Alex Go (Go Hyeon-tak)
Ben’s best buddy since childhood
king of trash talking
hot-headed – he’s always ready to throw hands, even as a child
levels up in boxing – he trains to get stronger so that he doesn’t have to rely on Ben sledgehammer fist of might
had a moody moment on the beach
got beaten up by Jimmy Bae twice
sort of won against Jimmy’s bae Jack Kang but not really
ran with a bad crowd, ended up almost being murdered by Donald Na as a result of that
KO’d Orochimaru of the Mohka Duo
Alex doesn’t have main character energy, which is why he was/is frequently saved by Ben. That’s actually Alex’s issue – he’s a strong dude fighting actual monsters and he’s constantly comparing his strength to Ben, who is God-tier and doesn’t count. This brief insecurity causes him to get tangled up with some bad individuals in the past and he very nearly gets himself and Ben R.I.P.ed by Donald Na because of it (as it stands, Ben had to get physical therapy lmao). Fortunately, this incident teaches him the power of True Friendship and consequently, Alex becomes one of the more openly caring bros.
Alex Go Rating: 8.2/10
Ben Park (Park Humin) aka BIG BEN!
Gogo senses – can always sense when Alex is in danger or in a mood
easy going personality and generally goofy demeanor causes others to question his strength and status, which is a negative vibe for them
sledgehammer fist of might
several characters remark how Ben’s fist feels like getting hit by an actual stone wall or brick
he’s only 2nd to Donald Na in terms of strength
his punches are so loud others can hear them over a brawl
KO’d Jimmy Bae x2
KO’d Forrest Lee (x2)
KO’d Jake Ji
KO’d Juwon Lee
KO’d by Donald Na but rose from the dead
a true amigo. When he learns Gray doesn’t like roof tops, he finds a different spot to chill in
low key a therapist. He gets Gray to open up about his tragic past and accompanies Gray on a futile trip to search for said tragic past
his strength is 85% of the reason why Eunjang hasn’t been swallowed by the Union
Big Ben initially seems like your stereotypical loud-mouthed hot-head, but he’s actually quite chill and not interested in fighting unless his friends get hurt. Much of Ben’s story is is often pictured smiling even when presented with bad news, so it’s never good when he actually looks upset. And when Ben’s actually upset, nothing short of death will get him to stop fighting (see Donald Na/Jake Ji fights which activated zombie mode)
Ben’s stubborn friendliness helps melt Gray’s frosty attitude too and leads to the creation of the Eunjang gang. He’s a great example of positive masculinity showing that men can be stereotypically masculine and kick ass whilst remaining kind, empathetic, and upbeat.
Ben Park Rating: 10/10
Gray Yeon(Yeon Sieun)
doesn’t like rooftops but gets over it
smart – solved The Question albeit in a different way than Donald Na, and he’s regularly shown studying and scoring high on tests
according to Wolf (whom he KO’d with a potted plant), he’s a pretty boy
actually multiple characters agree that Gray is hella fine, male and female alike
KO’d Colton Choi
KO’d Helmet, gave him pen PTSD
KO’d Teddy Jin, gave him coke PTSD
KO’d Phillip Kim, just gave him PTSD
Beating Wolf Keum earned him a top ten spot in the immovable shuttle patch ranking
KO’d Dean Kwon
KO’d TRASH Bryce Oh, Oscar Yang and his goon
generally fights dirty aka with bricks, pens, literally anything in sight
Jake Ji notices Gray is slowly becoming a blood knight but is in denial
Gray kept to his studies until meeting his sun and stars, Stephen Ahn who was bullied into a coma. This was the start of Gray’s villain origin arc. Fortunately the power of True Friendship turned him into a Hero instead of a bad guy.
He is the Weak Hero, or at least he was in season 1. In season 2, he’s actually not weak but I digress. His frigidity and aversion to humans is slowly melted by the power of fried chicken, and his combo of brains and physical strength allows him to analyze situations and figure out foolproof ways to crush his foes. That, or he just picks up a picture frame and bashes someone over the head with it.
Gray Yeon Rating: 10/10
There are probably some other “good” characters like that random glasses dude that regularly appears, but this is getting long lol. Also, apparently Weak Hero has become a drama so that’s exciting.
Dale Partridge has adopted or fostered approximately zero children as far as I’m aware so… faith without works is dead, brother. Funny how Christians who do nothing are the loudest online about everything Christians supposedly do.
Tweeting this does nothing to change the reality that there are indeed many unwanted children today in the foster care system and Dale is doing nothing to change this fact. It’s the equivalent of the man with leprosy approaching Jesus and being like, “Lord, if you’re willing please heal me….” And Jesus being like “yeah, I came here to heal you,” and then walking away.
My main issue though is this basically applauds Christians for doing the upmost bare minimum. James said “religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this: to take care of widow and orphans.” So like the base minimum for being a decent religious person (not even Christian) is to care about orphaned children. That’s literally the absolute bare minimum, which is funny as most modern, Evangelical Christians care about neither orphans nor widows – just look at how underfunded and corrupt our foster care system is and then look at what the majority of conservative, “Christian” politicians and pundits build their platforms on. It ain’t children or widows.
Advocating that Christians do something that should be a no-brainer is why American Christianity is dying and why the secular world laughs in our faces whenever Christians try to hold some moral high-ground over various issues.
Unfortunately, Dale is exactly like most American Christians, more concerned with getting likes and retweets online than doing anything useful, let alone doing anything Jesus would actually do. Patting yourself on the back for doing the bare minimum isn’t the flex he thinks it is. It should be a given that Christians were and are at the forefront of hospitals, adoptions, women’s shelters, etc. (if his stat is even true) not something to brag about. In fact, the Bible even tells us that our giving should be done in secret which makes this tweet doubly in poor taste.
A proper response would be that yes, the church could and should do more for expectant mothers. We could be advocating for 6 months minimum of paid maternity leave so that new mothers can bond with their children and not have to worry about losing their jobs, we could be advocating for better healthcare so new mothers don’t go bankrupt having kids, we could be advocating for better sex education and better access to birth control to limit the amount of unwanted pregnancies, and Dale could put his money where his mouth is and foster or adopt a child to prove he isn’t full of air.
But of course, that would mean actually following the Bible on which his faith is built upon and not just tweeting hot takes.