In today’s world, a large group of people are or have played a game of some sort. In the video game world, more and more games have violence in them. In the Bible, people are told not to commit acts of violence. Does this mean that as a gamer who plays games with violence in them, that I don’t have a place in the Church?
Ok. So I haven’t done this before and I don’t know how this will turn out. My name is Sam, and as a person who really likes video games, I sometimes wondered about how I fit in with the Church. I know that Christ accepts everyone, but the Church does not agree with some of the games created nowadays, right?
That’s what I thought, at least.
I play a lot of games, like Minecraft for example. It is full of imaginary creatures and some of them would be considered evil or, at best, they would be come with a serious look of disapproval by the Church. Games such as Zombies or just the overall undead come to mind. I also play other games, but in my mind, the Zombies are the thing I think would be frowned upon by the church, right?
When I went to church one day, I heard about this thing that the church was doing called the Way Gaming. I went to it and I saw a huge group of people, all playing games and having fun. I saw some people from church, and some new people as well. Overall, it was an eye-opening experience for me. I realized that everyone is accepted in the church, even if you play some games that are violent. God excepts everyone, and He will accept you too.
Romans 15:5-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
I think this verse fits well with my struggle. I acknowledge that not all video games are great or uplifting, but I also believe that I am on a journey to discover a place in the church for gamers like me. I hope you will too.