As the saying goes, “An Amused Mind is an Accessible Mind” and this is nowhere greater truth than when it comes to modern entertainment. The Greek word “muse” means to think and the word “amuse” means not to think, to allow your mind to be idly open to entertainment. The problem is, entertainment has content, whether glorifying to God and promoting of the Kingdom of Heaven, or glorifying to Satan and promoting of the Kingdom of Darkness. Often Satan receives direct and blatant glory as the Culture of Death and the Occult are promoted in games and songs. We need look no further than the many school suicide-killings to find students who were influenced by media through music and games to carry out their violent acts and to believe that suicide was a glorious thing. Particularly challenging are the products aimed at hyper-stimulating young people in order to sell products because they are so entertaining and so popular that a student may feel like an outcast for refusing to support or promote them although the Holy Spirit has shown him/her that it is wrong to expose their heart and mind to the content. Yet, we as believers who seek to please the LORD are called upon to keep our heart and mind pure. As King David said “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes, I hate the work of those who fall away, it shall not cling to me.” (Psalm 101:3) Notice David points out three things that must be done to please the LORD.
1. Do not allow something wicked to be set before your eyes! Your eyes give access to The Mind’s Eye–Your Heart! It goes in and from there you have no control over how it affects you.
2. Hate the work-creations of those who fall away (are apostate or lost). You can’t expect those who don’t love the LORD to honor Him with the content of their products. It is essential to review their content first before allowing it before your eyes.
3. Don’t allow things God has convicted you are wrong to “cling” to you/form a tie to your soul. So often, with porn, with suggestive sexual content that doesn’t seem like porn, with the occult, with music that has a bad message, movies, and video games, and so forth, we get stimulated by a sinful image or event and we want to hold on to the product, even though God’s Spirit has told us to let it go! It actually “clings” to us and we consent to allow a tie to our soul, feeling pain if we let it go!
As one of those whom God has called to warn myself and fellow believers about ungodly devices (2 Corinthians 2:11), I know all to well that believers can even become angry with you when you point out the need to get rid of something that makes them feel good, arouses them sexually, makes them feel high, or in some other way stimulates. But this is our call. If you stand for Truth, you will be persecuted. I came across a young man by the name of Kyle Van Rensburg who has this calling as well and is taking a lot of flak for making that stand. Kyle is good about offering advice on some things for believers who claim to be following Christ to consider when choosing their video gaming entertainment! Also, I recommend Kyle van Rensburg’s site to parents purchasing these games for their kids. Here is a recent post by Kyle:
Kyle’s Post April 26, 2013
Recently I have come under fire for being a finger-wagging, gun-toting, fire and brimstone preacher who despises all games and the majority of said games reviewed on my site receive a BANNED rating.
…Which is completely inaccurate. I use a banned rating very sparingly, and will rather use a Not Recommended or a Mature Gamers Only.
In spite of this, even when I ban a game, am I being judgemental or fire and brimstone? Nope. I have no interest in judging other brothers and sisters in Christ. I will strongly warn them against playing certain games, and that’s what a BANNED verdict is; a strong warning against a game.
At the end of the day, you have to make your own decisions, but remember, it’s up between you and Jesus. Don’t just snub your nose at what my site says, play a game, and then you have to later throw it away because the Holy Spirit convicts you to get rid of it.
Pray first. Always. And remember, I often feel I’m a bit too harsh or a bit too easy on certain games I’ve reviewed. (Resident Evil 6 is actually both of the aforementioned.)
Maybe the games I ban will have no effect in your life.
I’m not going to be arrogant ando say that they ALWAYS will affect you. Some games I just FEEL aren’t right for you to play.
But, I remind you again, we have to keep ourselves clean. Remember, Satan also inspires people to make certain types of creatures or games, even if they may not be aware of it. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is in your life that you need to get rid of.
Some things are obvious. If you watch pornography, for example, you are inviting lust and perversion into your life, not to mention all kinds of unrealistic ideas and perceptions about sex.
Or the opposite, a cold cynical view of human relations as dirty and vulgar, where you hate the intimate act instead of the perversion surrounding it. I’m speaking from experience, so if you’ve felt this way, don’t be ashamed. I know the feeling, but Jesus heals you.
I realise that I’ve went off course, but some things need to be said. Don’t invite Satan into your life. Put Christ first before you buy whatever game, even when my site recommends it.
It’s only Him. No one else.
As I finish this article, I FEEL (Har har) that I need to conclude with a few key scriptures:
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” Psalms 101:3
Please take these scriptures to heart, and always put Christ first in your life. God bless all of you. I’ll see you guys next week. 🙂