Hey, fam. This is Hector Miray, and you’re listening to Faith & Fandom 180 on LTN Radio.
I had a fun experience at a spring festival in my region recently. I’m assuming every big town has a spring festival of some sort or whatever, but it was one of those things where there’s food and vendors and rock climbing walls and marching bands and the whole big deal. I was set up there with the Faith and Fandom booth. It’s not my normal crowd. I’m not seeing people running around cosplaying and people that are just nerds for days. It’s really just a bunch of muggles walking around enjoying the spring weather with fried food and adult beverages.
About 15 minutes into it, this mom is pointing to my booth and bringing a teenage kid over. This mom had intentionally brought this kid to this big spring festival so he could see my booth. She said, “See, look, here he is.” This teenage kid comes up to me and says these words, “I thought I was the only Christian geek in the world.” I was like, “No, my guy, you are far from the only Christian geek in the world. You’re far from the only Christian geek in a 1-mile radius. You’re not alone.”
His mom realized that this kid felt alone and that he felt isolated. She thought that the best thing that she could do for him was to introduce him to someone else who loved God and also loved nerdy things and geeky things. We stood at the booth and talked for a while. We talked about books. We talked about this show that he’s making on YouTube and all these things. I encouraged him. But his mom went out of the way to make sure that he didn’t feel isolated. That was something special. If nothing else happened good in that event, that was worth it.
It reminds me of this in Hebrews 10:24, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”
Sometimes we feel isolated. Sometimes we don’t see how to take the next right step. As believers, we should think about ways we can help each other make that next step.
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Faith & Fandom 180 is an LTN Radio audio short that dives deep into something from nerd culture and connects it to our faith journey.