|Lady on the bus next to me: Tell me again- what are you not going to do in daycare today?|
|Little boy: I will not hit the teacher with a light saber.|
|Lady: And why are you not going to hit her with a light saber?|
|Boy: It is my toy, and my choice, but if I hit her with the light saber, I'm acting like a Sith.|
|Lady: Do you want to be a Sith?|
|Boy: No! I am Obi-Wan!|
No, this isn’t a post about playing a session of d&d where all the characters are religious crusaders. It’s actually a post I’ve been working on for quite some time, so please bear with me.
Now it’s no secret that I run a meetup group for roleplaying gamers. There are actually several tabletop gaming groups in the area where I live dedicated to the hobby that I investigated when I first moved here over 5 years ago. Some groups focus on particular genres or systems, while other groups focus on specific neighborhoods and communities in the area. I’ve been to several events with these groups and rolled some dice and had a good time at most of them. Some groups I liked better than others, but I never really “clicked” with any of them…
So after a year of going to different one-shot and mixer events, I was still feeling pretty down because I hadn’t found a group of nerds I really connected with or a long-term campaign I really wanted to join. Then one day while perusing meetup I saw a new group named “Christian Dungeons & Dragons.”
… If you are a Christian, it’s not just that we don’t have to be hesitant or afraid to share our faith; in fact, that’s the opposite of what Christ expects. The Great Commission says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:16-20). Know that there are others of us out there, that we’re there for support and encouragement, and that you should never let the temporary slings and arrows of a transitory world stop you from living the life you’re meant to live. Share and live your salvation in this hobby, and be a light unto others. Don’t be meek, or afraid, or worried you’ll rock the boat. If salvation is truly as important to you as it should be, then wouldn’t you do what you could to share it with the folks, fans, and creators we all respect and admire so much? And if a few people don’t buy our books or unfollow us, what are those losses versus what is at stake? As the Apostle Paul said, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8 ESV).