Rector's Rhetoric - January 2017
The best definition for the word “geek” is the person you picked on in high school and wound up working for as an adult. In many instances, geeks from my generation were the youth who had a passion for learning, always entered the science fair, and spoke in a language not easily translated by those of us with a GPA of less than 3.0. Originally the term referred to carnival performers whose act consisted of biting the heads off chickens and eating glass. Thank goodness there’s been a positive makeover of that word in recent years. My TV was on the fritz a couple of weeks ago, and with the help of something called the Geek Squad, my problem was solved in a matter of minutes. The only reason for my bringing this up is that the other night the term “church geek” came into my head and I couldn’t get it out. So instead, I decided to play around with it for a while.
A Church Geek is someone that I would define as having a passion for God and the things that God loves. You don’t have to be a genius to enter the order. Brains might be helpful, but being a Church Geek is more a matter of the heart, and a willingness to have that organ enlarged over time. Church Geeks pay attention to what’s going on around them. They pray at the drop of a hat in both good times and bad and for all sorts of conditions and believe that someone is actually listening. Church geeks are not intrusive, but they pick up on body language and other subtle cues. You may tell a Church Geek that you’re just fine and having a good day, but don’t be surprised if he or she gives you another opportunity to answer the question, “How are you doing?” Church Geeks understand the difference between happiness and joy, happiness being a transient state of mind, while joy is forever, no matter what life throws at you. Church Geeks spend a lot of time, not just in the physical Church, but out in the open, where they know that God resides just as surely as he does within the stone and mortar borders that we often claim to be God’s true home. Church Geeks are always being amazed, never believing that they’ve seen it all.
Every sunrise or sunset is an opportunity to see the world anew and to give thanks for it. Every newborn child, every kind gesture, every act of forgiveness is an insight into the Mystery of God’s will to love, sustain and reconcile the world to himself. Geeks are never afraid to cry, to be touched deeply by the joys and sorrows of this life. I could go on and on, but I’m trying to keep this article to a page or so. So let me just say that if you don’t consider yourself to be a Church Geek, but would like to know more, we have a lot of activities at St. Luke’s for Church Geeks-in-training. We have geek worship, geek prayer groups, geek education, geek pastoral care, geek outreach, and geek fellowship, all of which are designed to grow your heart to maximum capacity. So, to my dear friends, it’s time to get your geek-on for 2017, to become everything that God intends for you to be in the present moment, and to look forward to what God will make of you in the days ahead.
Church Geeks unite!