Mark Driscoll said video games are not “sinning, they are just stupid.” Specifically, he made these comments about video games:
Driscoll made some people mad apparently. Ok, not mad, necessarily. Some people just “took issue” with it. Pastor Drew Dixon, who plays video games and has “written about their value” has this rather lengthy response to Driscoll’s youtube clip.
As for where I stand, I’ll tell you. I play video games. I like to play video games. I have two consoles in my den and if I get a chance to play Madden, Assassin’s Creed or Wii Bowling, I enjoy it. I even enjoy getting slaughtered in a slayer match of Halo if I am at a place that has Xbox live. So I am not anti-video games. I have other issues to attend to. There are great injustices, false gospels and broken people that require urgent care and attention. So the anti-video game coalition will not get my membership dues this year.
But that having been said, I’m with Driscoll on this one…exactly because there are urgent issues at hand with eternal consequences. Video games are stupid by comparison. So is playing tic-tac-toe. And reading the comics. And eating doughnuts. And watching the Superbowl (ouch.) And playing fantasy football. (bigger ouch.)
It’s a matter of faulty comparisons.
Ignatius said “Apart from Christ, let nothing dazzle you.” A.W. Tozer, in concluding the second chapter of his Pursuit of God wrote an appropriately convicting prayer:
Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all Those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Isn’t that what Driscoll is saying? Give up the toys. Not because they are sin, but because they are rivals to an unimaginably greater cause.
Don’t break your new controller just yet. Don’t go burn your Halo collectors edition box set.
But instead do deep inventory of your heart. Ask God to show you if you have rivals in your heart. Be scared at what He might reveal, but be honest and ready to deal with what He does show you.
Maybe you need to put down the controller for awhile. Or the doughnuts.
I need to put down both.