A Guest post by Adam Daulton
“Soon Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, red meat off the bone!” is how Gimli, the loyal dwarf in the Fellowship of the Ring describes what he expects to find in Moria. Sadly, Balin was dead and this did not come about, but it makes for a good opening to a blog post right?
Hospitality is something that we as Christians are commanded to provide. For example, in twelfth chapter of Romans Paul exhorts the believers to take care of others in many ways, one of which is “Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.” Again in 1 Peter 4:9 we’re told to “be hospitable to one another without complaint”. There is an expectation to come along side one another, take care of one another, show honor to one another, and doing so with love.
There are many ways we can do this as Christians. For example, right now I’m sitting on my in-laws couch the week of Thanksgiving. They have been feeding me, allowing me to sleep in their spare bed, and showing me hospitality. They used something we had in common (Thanksgiving) to have a reason to provide me with such hospitality. Here are a few suggestions on how we can use the geeky things in our life to provide hospitality to others.
We geeks love the big epic stories where it takes multiple movies to tell those stories. I mean think about it. There are already seven Star Wars movies out (four if you‘re a purist) and there are currently five more planned that we know about. People geek out about movies and doing a marathon at your house or church is a great way to provide hospitality. A few years ago when the Dark Knight Rises was being released, I used that as an excuse to have a dozen teenagers over to my house, watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, feed them, hang out with them, and build relationships with them. All of this made possible because of a comic book hero movie and I’ve had some of them, now in college, remind me how much fun that day was for all of us.
Another example is board games. I love them, own over three hundred of them, and have been able to regularly use them as ice breakers with other couples my wife and I have over to our house for dinner. Whether it is a young couple with no kids that we can pour into, or perhaps someone closer to our age that we met at one of our jobs, or a neighbor who we want to be sure to support our geeky love of board games provides a nice set of rules for those first awkward interactions. It allows both us and our guests to know what rules to play by, allow the guests to feel more comfortable and welcomed, and eases us into our relationship.
Those are two examples from my own life that I’ve been able to use geeky things hospitality purposes. I encourage you to find something that you geek out about and use it to provide hospitality to others. It might be a fantasy book club, perhaps it is hosting a Lego group, or it could be having an amateur movie night. Perhaps you can just geek out about Christmas during the season we’re in now and have someone over for some milk and cookies wearing a Santa hat. Whatever it is that you geek out about, others often do as well, and you can use it as a way to serve others in hospitality and for Jesus.