In this day and age, there should be no doubt that gaming is typically demonized in our culture. Any time that something violent and tragic happens, the media tries to blame video games. Though no study has conclusively linked violent behavior to violent video games, for most people there is the appearance of a link, whether factual or not.
To add insult to injury, as a whole, Christian culture does not approve of video games as an acceptable medium of entertainment. Even if your church accepts gaming in general, it is usually seen or considered a childish means of entertainment (aside from the youth pastor of course). This results in Christians who do game, or participate in facets of geek culture, to be more prone to have to defend their choice of geek-dom or gamer-dom.
Diving even further into this culture of Christians and gaming is the separation between gamers on what is acceptable for a Christian to partake in within the realm of gaming. As with a lot of things in the world there are some gray areas and certainly it would make sense that there be gray areas in the realm of gaming.
At Geeks Under Grace: Cross Console Gamers, our goal is not to tell you what you should or should not play. What we aim to do is to present you with what we see, the facts and so on, and allow you to decide based on your relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 8:14 says, “So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live-for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble”. The onus lays on the individual believer to not be the stumbling block for another believer. If my friends come to my house, and tell me they don’t play shooting games and I throw Call of Duty in the console while they are over, I am to blame.
Most of 1 Corinthians covers issues of doing things that others don’t approve of. A majority of this article could be spent discussing perspectives and opinions with the bible as our backup, and not really go anywhere. There are things that the bible speaks about that could, by some, be considered acceptable and for others is absolutely detestable.
So how do we deal with these issues relating to video games?
This will probably be the one and only time I use the verse “do not judge, lest you be judged”. God works with people in different ways, each of us unique with different backgrounds. Just as some people learn in different manners, some people receive from God in different, equally important ways. Philippians 2:12 says to “work out your own salvation, with fear and trembling”.
How can I tell you what you should or should not do, in a gray area, if you yourself are actively seeking God? I have the utmost confidence that if you are seeking God’s direction in your life, He will reveal to you what His intention is and what He knows is best.
Above all, 1 John 3:14 says, “They will know that we have passed from death unto life because of the love we have for the brothers.” As Christians one way the lost can see the reality of who Jesus is in our lives is by seeing the love we have for other Christians. Be patient with each other, not everyone has seen or experienced what you have and may just need God to speak to them personally.