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Churches Fail Christian Video Games

 

 

Cordova, TN; May 4, in the year of our Lord 2015--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is hitting hard with an important issue for the modern day American churches and the video game industry. Churches have failed Christian video games. Churches have failed the entire video game industry. There are so many wonderful ideas for video games that will teach good lessons. Yet the churches go out of their way to ignore the video game industry. I have gone around talking to numerous churches, and I get the same responses. The paid members of the staff at these churches care about their own growth. Missions is what is done in other countries. They are trying to take the speck out of their brothers eye while ignoring the beam in their own.

There are millions upon millions of gamers who never hear about God. They never learn of the sacrifice Christ made for their sins. They are denied that right at school, and elsewhere as they interact with the government. They do not go to church. They do not hear about God in the video games they play. The harvest is plentiful in the video game industry, and the workers are few. The overwhelming majority of video game missionaries are unfunded by the modern day American church. I know plenty of people making video games with an eternal focus. I know plenty of people reporting on video games from a kingdom perspective. I know plenty of people reviewing and writing about video games from a Christ centered focus. Why aren’t the churches helping?

Do you know what I have heard hundreds of times from pastors, church members, elders, and deacons in relation to where God called me? I hear: “it is so wonderful you are doing this. It is awesome that you are reaching people for God.” Then when I suggest some assistance, or make a prayer request I hear this: “I don’t want to get involved with that.” When I press them by what they mean I hear: “video games are evil.” Only when the churches concedes them to Satan. Video games are a teaching tool with interactive entertainment. What the game has the player do teaches the lessons. The development and design determine if something is used for good, or for evil. An axe can be used for good, or for evil. I guess they will never interact with an axe because some people use it for evil.

There are so many wonderful ways churches could help the video game industry. First off they could purchase Christian video games. They could fund future Christian video games. They could volunteer time and expertise to make Christian video games even better. They could interact with well established Christian gaming media outlets like ChristCenteredGamer, Clash Entertainment, and Family Friendly Gaming. They could get teams together within their own churches and create their own Christian video games. They could have game nights at their churches with only Christian video games to play. They could give out gifts of Christian video games to their friends and neighbors. There is so much opportunity. It is my hope and prayer they will humbly accept this gentle, loving, and sincere rebuke.


God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming

 

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