Gamers In Ministry

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Your youth play video games. My youth play video games. Heck, I even play video games. All of this is okay so far. But sometimes we try to bridge our interests, their interests and the ministry in a way that isn’t completely appropriate. Here is an example is the classic Goofus and Gallant(BOOM! Highlights reference), side by side comparison.

You have a thriving population of gamers in your ministry, so at an upcoming overnight, you set up a projector, surround sound and giant screen and have an all-out Mario Kart marathon battle royale. Okay. Actually, even more than okay…I will give you a cool!

You have a thriving population of gamers in your ministry, so at an upcoming overnight, you set up a projector, surround sound and giant screen and have an all-out Call of Duty marathon battle royale. Not Okay.

I get your youth play Call of Duty or Halo or Grand Theft Auto on their own time. I get that you play Call of Duty or Halo or Grand Theft Auto on your own time. I get that occasionally, the youth probably even talk to you about COD, Halo or GTA, maybe even at youth events. This doesn’t mean that our ministries should have events in which we play games involving killing people, killing aliens, stealing cars, drug use, or profanity. I understand they see it/hear it/say it/do it at home anyway. But at our ministries, we should be projecting the best possible choices. Don’t dump video games all together – games like mario kart, most Wii games, and almost anything with the Xbox Kinnect are awesome for overnights or meetings. They are inclusive, active and fun without being gory, inappropriate or involve killing someone.

This idea may seem unpopular to you. Maybe having a COD marathon would make you super cool to your youth. It may even bring people to your ministry. But at what cost? We are called to be in this world but not of this world, and in this instance, that means no head shots, no kill counts, and no compromising the gospel for the wrong type of games at our ministry meetings. Want to play these games at home? That’s your call and your leisure. Just don’t let them creep into ministry time. And I know there are some murky, middle-ground games. I play some Star Wars games that are pretty tame, but still involve a level of violence and killing. I understand that someone must protect the rebellion against the evil empire, I just make sure that I do so on my own time. Just use this great and otherwise impractical reference: How Would Jesus Game? If the big guy would play it, feel free to play it at youth group functions. If not, don’t.

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