Christian Video Games: Virtuous Alternative to Worldly Values

Christian Video Games Might Just Help Restore Morality in American Homes

If you live in a home with children ages three to 17, it’s unlikely the video game craze has escaped you. Overshadowing the popularity of more traditional media, mobile, console, portable and PC games are the heavyweights of the entertainment industry. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Activision’s Mike Griffith spoke to christian video gamethe trend that’s influencing over 90 percent of American families. “Movies, recorded music and television—these are all stagnating or contracting entertainment sectors. Video games are poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment.”

But if you’re like many consumers, it’s not the sheer growth of the video game industry that bothers you. Instead, it’s the prevalence of raunchy, violent games with graphic bloodshed and sexual content. And even if you manage to steer your kids clear of games like Grand Theft Auto, Urban Reign, Doom and Resident Evil, they’re probably still encountering ethically questionable material in mainstream games rated “Teen” and “Everyone 10+.” You could buck the trend and outlaw video games in your home—but you’re probably setting yourself up for family rebellion and frustration. Instead, consider the following tips for helping your kids become safe gamers.

  1. Get involved in your family’s game selections. While parents can’t control the culture at large, they can teach kids what to value. When you model principled behavior for your children, they’ll have a foundation for making wise choices. Don’t just say, “Yes, that’s good” or “No, that’s not good” – take the time to explain why, so even if they still want it, perhaps because a friend has recommended it, at least they will understand why it is not a good choice. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
  2. Encourage children and teens to play Christian video games. Christian PC games and mobile games, too, are growing in popularity among families who wish to forego violence and sexuality for clean, competitive fun.
  3. Remind teens and children that video games are a privilege—not a necessity. Instead of allowing kids to play mobile or PC games as soon as they get home, consider “rewarding” them with 10 to 15 minutes of christian video gamesChristian video games after they’ve read a book or done their homework for an hour.

Encourage your Kids that it’s more Rewarding to Play Christian Video Games than Mainstream Secular Games

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Using the New Media for Good Will Help Create a Better World

The New Media or as more Commonly Called, the Internet can be a Force for Good if We Let God’s Will Guide Us in Using It

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” –Eph. 4:29

I remember reading as a fascinating article in the Christian Post. The article, written years ago by Maria Mackay, was entitled Christians Must Engage Real and Virtual Worlds, Say New Media Enthusiasts still rings true today. In the article, Mackay covered London’s 2009 Evangelical Alliance Digimission conference, where panel participants discussed the importance of Christians utilizing the “new media” to evangelize and connect with others.

new mediaAccording to speaker Mark Meynell of All Souls Church in Langham Place, averages of 15,000 users per month download sermons and resources from his church’s website. “There are people who have the potential to be salt and light online, but they assume it’s for professionals,” he said. Meynell urges Christians to spread the Gospel and share their faith through new media outlets like blogs and social networks—even if they don’t think consider themselves to be “techies.”

Doesn’t this bring up an important point? As Christian parents and grandparents, our tendency is to shy away from much of our typically-secular media, including the Internet. But perhaps instead of avoiding the new media, Christ-followers should focus on transforming the new media. As we’ve discussed in other posts, we can do this—and help our children do this—by learning to (1) discern right from wrong in the media we’re bombarded with, (2) filter out the bad and choose to take in only the good, and (3) take an active part in promoting, advertising and discussing positive, Christian media with our friends, family and co-workers.

That’s where social media comes in. What some use for evil, Christians can—and should—use for good. Instead of dwelling on the evil found online, maybe Christians should start to embrace the PR opportunity that social media provides. Do you Tweet? Tweet about the latest Christian movie or game. Are you a blogger? Blog about deep, spiritual issues that engage audiences in quality conversations. Encourage your church and other Christian organizations to design a Facebook page expressing who they are and what they’re doing. And remember, as your children and grandchildren surf the web each day, encourage them to become part of these online Christian communities, as well.

Having the New Media as a Tool for God’s Plan to Advance Would be a Blessing

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