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Good grief, Charlie Brown! What could possibly be worse than an online Left Behind video game? Maybe a game where your character overcomes legislative adversity to legally obtain an abortion in Texas? That’s right, folks… a pro-choice video game is in the works. “Choice: Texas” is scheduled to be released this February.
Don’t believe me? Check it out.
According to an article from New York Daily News:
Characters in the game include 35-year-old Latrice, who is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend but “never planned to have children.” Another character is Leah, 19, who is a bartender and is trying to save money for the future.
But there’s more…
There will be five personas in total, including a high school student not ready to be a mother, a woman in a high-risk pregnancy and a married mother in dire financial circumstances.
Personally, I think it’s a waste of time. Why? Here are three brief reasons:
Whatever happened to Zelda? Or the fat plumber who grew when he ate mushrooms and spat fire when he ingested plants? Those games made zero sense, but were fun diversions from real life. Who wants to play the character of a married mother who wishes she could afford more formula?
Some might go so far as to say this is an “instructional game” …although no skill is being taught. Even so, educational games have always been terrible (with a few exceptions).
It’s Politically Fueled
Most kids will not be enticed by the game’s call to social activism. My middle-class Midwest childhood experience surely differs from some, but most of us cared very little for the political happenings of our youth. Our parents would sometimes break it down for us (“Saddam Hussein is a bad man” or “President Clinton did something naughty with his intern…”) but that’s about all the information most of us cared to sit through. School bus conversations centered upon books, movies, and the Sunday comics… not NAFTA.
Its Conflict is Rooted in Sad Ideology
The debate rages on and will perhaps continue to thrive until Christ returns. When does life begin and what are the implications? Even the Christian community is divided on this issue. We can’t deny its ability to polarize a room. Here is what R.C. Sproul has to say about it:
I’ve written over 70 books. The book that had the shortest shelf life of all of my books was my book on the case against abortion. I talked to pastor after pastor and sought to understand why they weren’t using this material (for which we also made a video series). They told me, “Well, we agree with it but we can’t do it in our church.” And I said, “Why?” They responded: “It will split the congregation.” And I said, “So be it!” A million and a half unborn babies are slaughtered wantonly in the United States of America every year in the name of women’s rights. If I know anything about the character of God after forty years of study, I know that God hates abortion.
His insightful series on abortion from a biblical perspective can be found here.
But wait a minute! I thought pro-life Christians were religious extremists who haven’t read their Bibles or the teachings of Jesus? Not true. Randy Alcorn recently wrote an excellent short article for Tabletalk Magazine. His first four paragraphs present a concise case for biblical validation. He then appeals to reason with simple statements such as these:
Something nonhuman does not become human or more human by getting older or bigger; whatever is human is human from the beginning, or it can never be human at all. The right to live does not increase with age and size; otherwise, toddlers and adolescents have less right to live than adults.
Despite the divisive nature of the debate, an ideology that promotes a standard of living at the expense of human life is sad indeed… and does not make for good video games. I would rather rescue a princess than legally abort a baby so I can go back to bar-tending my way through school. Hopefully, the next generation of gamers will agree.
“These Purity Rings will be a semi-binding reminder of our limited commitment to each other…”
Americans are nationalistic by nature. We always have been. But after two short centuries of life, we are still questing for self-identity. Much like this whale. We place our hands over our hearts as children, pledge allegiance to a republic, believe we are the masters of our own democracy, and dismiss the grumblings of our elders who use less popular words like oligarchy. Who are we, really? Where is this nation going and who do we look to for answers? Unfortunately, many put their faith in men rather than God.
It’s no secret, several men and women who love our current president REALLY LOVE our current president. He has been compared to Jesus, called a god, and even commissioned to the office of Apostleship by more than a few notable figures. But no one has ever prayed to him… until now. You can read about it here: ‘God Has Given You a Special Power’: Viral Video of Boy Praying to Obama Ignites Outrage. This isn’t a joke.
A YouTube video of a young boy praying to President Obama was posted two days ago. It has already received 148,586 views, 79 likes, and 2,388 dislikes. The numbers suggest that most people who find this video do not support the notion of praying to our earthly leaders. But 79 likes are still 79 likes too many… and as the article highlights, “controversy over perceived Obama worship has been erupting since the 2008 election.”
Leader worship is not only silly, it’s scary. According to Deuteronomy 6:14-15, God is a jealous God who prohibits the worship of all false deities. In His own words, He also presents a compelling case for His transcendence over all men in Job 38. So why would anyone willingly fall into the Romans 1:25 trap, exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship/serve the creature rather than the Creator? Every president, king, and dictator falls under the jurisdiction of the King of Kings… whether they know it or not.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. – Romans 13:1
The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He will. – Proverbs 21:1
Our earthly leaders are mere men at best. Let’s pray for them rather than pray to them (or think more highly of them than we should). And please… ensure that your children know the difference.
On a related note:
All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship Him, all you gods! – Psalm 97:7