Redeeming Clumsiness in Jettomero

Jettomero is just like you, clumsily stumbling through the world, hoping to to do some good in it.

Written by James Arnold / Published on November 15, 2017

We are all looking to find our place in the world.

In that way, Jettomero is just like us. He’s an awkward robot, walking through social darkness hoping to find something to light his path. He isn’t really sure of his purpose, but he knows he must have one!

"He desires to save people, even if he doesn’t always do such a great job."
It is into this bleak universe that perhaps the most hopeful, adorable robot you’ve ever met steps. Jettomero: Hero of the Universe puts players  in control of a giant, indestructible robot determined to save the human race. Jettomero is also, unfortunately, extremely clumsy. Like an overexcited dog wagging its tail in a china shop, our robot protagonist wanders happily from planet to planet, stumbling through buildings and trees, apologizing all along the way.

Eventually he finds the appearance of evil: another giant entity wandering through a city of people. Jettomero concludes that his role is to fight off this entity and others like it. He sets his aim on traveling to each and every planet, focused on eliminating these threats to mankind. Yes, he still continues to step on a few houses here and there. But he’s doing good, right?

Well, maybe. I mean, he is killing a bunch of people.

But there’s a deeper truth here. Jettomero is one who strives after his purpose. He desires to save people, even if he doesn’t always do such a great job.

And so it is with us. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to help someone, we somehow manage to make things worse. We might try to encourage someone only to hit a sore spot or have them think we were being sarcastic. We might spontaneously decide to load and run the dishwasher for a friend only to accidentally ruin his “hand wash only” World of Warcraft glasses.

Yes, that last one happened. It was a sad day.

There also may be times when we say a very wrong thing with the best intentions. I can remember in high school attempting to share the gospel with an atheist friend of mine. I’m pretty sure I had much more to say about why I disagreed with evolution at the time than I did about Jesus or faith. I’m not sure if I did any good or not.

But the call on our lives—the one that even Jettomero feels—is to live for a particular purpose, whether that is sharing the gospel or fighting off giant monsters.

Jettomero eventually finds redemption. All we can hope for is the same.

About the Author:

James Arnold received his MA in Philosophy of Religion at Talbot School of Theology in 2013. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University, and is a graduate and perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James contributes regularly at Mere Orthodoxy and manages and blogs at Evangelical Outpost on a number of subjects, including technology, theology, and hip-hop. You can keep up with him on Twitter @jamesfarnold