I try to live the light of day
Why would I do what I hate?
“Free” by Switchfoot
As with season one, the folks who made Working’!!, the second season of the wonderful anime series, have released the premiere episode weeks ahead of schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed season one and can’t wait see what happens next with the show’s fun cast of characters – chief among them the cute-obsessed Takanashi and his budding love interest, man-hating Inami.
Inami was a character I disliked at first – violent and annoying, she seemed to have no redeeming qualities. But by end of season one, I had grown to like her very much. Perhaps that’s because she’s just like us – albeit to an exaggerated extent.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
~ Romans 7:15
Inami can’t help but punch Takanashi – violently and repeatedly. She doesn’t want to, for she knows it’s wrong, but Inami can’t help herself. It’s no different from you and me. We do things all the time that we hate – things that bring us guilt and things that we know are wrong. Personally, I’m often tempted to lie, steal, and cheat with small things in my life – and it’s a character flaw when I give in to these temptations.
Takanashi plays Jesus to Inami – he is both stern and loving, honest and patient. He tries to help Inami and as he sees her trying to get better, Takanashi patiently takes beating after beating, continuing to support her. Even when it seems Inami falls back to square one, Takanashi doesn’t tire of being the support for his co-worker.
The Christian life is very much like this – I think this is a point that many miss, non-Christians and believers alike. Salvation does not equal perfection – it was never meant to be like this. As we grow deeper in our relationship with God, we should try to become more Christlike. But we’ll never achieve that goal wholly. Inami, too, will never likely be 100% free of her androphobia (I imagine she and Takanashi being an old married couple and him occasionally waking up in the morning to a punch in the face).
A Christian life isn’t about putting up a facade of perfection – I think this is a large reason (and a just one) that nonbelievers often see us in a negative light. It’s a process whereby we’re learning and growing – like a child that falls over and over again as he learns to ride a bike, knowing that end goal is worth the pain.
So, go for it, Inami! Keep trying to work through your difficulties – no matter how hard it seems. I’ll be eagerly looking forward to your continued growth in season two…and I hope I’ll grow this fall as well.