What Are Some Good Christian Video Games

Should a Christian Play Video / Computer Games?



The Word of God, completed nearly 2,000 years ago, does not explicitly state whether Christians should play video games or not. But Bible principles still apply today about how we should spend our time. When God shows us that a particular activity controls our lives, we should stop for a while. This "Lent" of things that could take up much of our time be food, movies, television, music, video games, computers and anything that distracts our attention from our omniscient and loving God and Christian ministry. Although many of these things are not bad in themselves, they can become idols and idols if they distract us from our first love (Colossians 3: 5; Revelation 2: 4).

Then we enumerate a few principles in relation to video and computer games, television and everything else we strive for in worldly things:

1. Do video games (here representative of all worldly distractions) build me up or do they just entertain me? Will a video game build love for God, know Him better, and serve others? “Everything is allowed, but not everything is good. Everything is allowed, but not everything builds up ”(1 Corinthians 10: 23-24; Romans 14:19) When God gives us time to relax, we should find activities that we enjoy and that build us up. Do we choose allowed activities over laudable activities? When we have a choice between good, better, best, we should choose the best (Galatians 5: 13-17).

2. Is playing video games obeying your own will or the will of God? God's will for His children can be summed up under the greatest commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." , 27) Our own will is poisoned by sin. But because we have been saved from our sin and selfish desires, we should submit to our will (Philippians 3: 7-9). God's will transforms our will (Psalm 143:10). Increasingly, His wishes for us also become our deepest wishes.

Many people believe that God's will is boring and humiliating. You imagine a monk in a lonely monastery or a bitter pastor's cook. On the contrary, people who follow God's will for their lives are often the most contented and adventurous people. The biographies of historical greats such as Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom and Georg Müller confirm this. These heroes have certainly experienced difficulties from the world, from physical suffering, and from the devil. They did not have much wealth, but God did great things through them. At first, His will seems impossible and too sacred to be fun, but God gives us the power to carry out His will and the desire to enjoy it. "Your will, my God, I am glad to do" (Psalm 40: 9a; see also Hebrews 13:21).

3. Does the video game glorify God? Some video games glorify violence, indecision, and stupid decisions (e.g., "I'm out of the running so I'll destroy my car and hit the wall"). Our activities as Christians should glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and help us grow in the knowledge and grace of Christ.

4. Does the video game make good works? "For we are his work, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10, see also Titus 2: 11-14 and 1 Peter 2:15) . Laziness and selfishness violate the purpose God has for us - to do good works for others (1 Corinthians 15:58; see also Galatians 6: 9-10).

5. Is there self-control in playing video games? Many people say that video games can be addicting and cause obsession. There is no place for that in the life of a Christian. Paul compares the life of a Christian to that of an athlete who disciplines his body so that it can win medals. Christians are more motivated to lead self-controlled lives (1 Corinthians 9: 25-27).

6. Can you justify the time you spend playing video games to God? After death you will be held accountable for what you did with your limited time on earth. Playing video games for hours every day can hardly be said to mean that you have used your time well, can it? “So now look carefully at how you lead your life, not as unwise but as wise, and buy out the time; because it's bad time. Therefore do not become foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ”(Ephesians 5: 15-17)“ ... that from now on he may live in the flesh not for the desires of men, but for the will of God ”(Gen. Peter 4,2; see also Colossians 4,5; James 4,14 and 1 Peter 1,14-22).

7. Passes Philippians 4: 8? "Next, dear brothers: what is true, what is honorable, what is just, what is pure, what is lovable, what has a good reputation, be it a virtue, be it praise - be careful! ”When you play video games, your mind is focused on divine things or worldly things?

8. Does video gaming fit the purpose of my life? Paul wrote that “they love lust more than God” (2 Timothy 3: 4) in the last days. Western culture fits this description. We love to play. Non-Christians become dependent on entertainment such as computers, movies, sports, and music because they have no greater purpose in life than enjoying life before they die. But this kind of conversation cannot bring satisfaction (Ecclesiastes 2: 1). So when Christians become equally dependent as non-Christians, we can honestly say that we are demonstrating our new life in Christ, one “blameless and pure, God's children, without blemish amid a corrupt and perverse sex, among which you shines as the light of the world ”(Philippians 2:15)? Or do we need to prove to others that we are really no different from them and that Christ made no significant difference in our lives?

Paul considered knowledge of God, His love, and obedience to God to be his highest priority. “But what was gain for me, I have considered harm for Christ's sake. Yes, I still consider it all to be detrimental to the exuberant knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord ... I would like to recognize him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings and thus his death to be shaped ... 10). Will the video game show my love for God or my love for the things of the world? (1 John 2: 15-17)

9. Does the video game give me a glimpse into eternity? Christians have the hope of eternal rewards in heaven if they are faithful in faith on earth (see Matthew 6: 19-21 and 1 Corinthians 3: 11-16). If we focus on living for eternity rather than the ephemeral earthly pleasures, we will give our resources, time, and hearts to Christian service to God (Colossians 3: 1-2; 23-24). If our property and hobbies keep us from getting eternal rewards, what are they worth? (Luke 12: 33-37) Christians often try to do justice to both God and their own desires. But Jesus said clearly: “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24) God gives us joy through times of work and times of rest (Ecclesiastes 5:19; Matthew 11: 28-29; Colossians 3: 23-24 ). We have to find this balance between work and leisure. When we take time to relax, as Jesus did (Matthew 6:31), we should choose an uplifting activity for it.

The question is not “Can I play video games?” But “Is playing video games the best choice?” Will that build me up, show love to my neighbors and friends, and glorify God? We should engage in praiseworthy activities, not just permitted ones. He guides you, so follow him with all passion. Prepare for eternity. Any sacrifice will seem unimportant when we face Jesus. English



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