You have heard the arguments on both sides and if you haven’t heard the arguments, if you are a Christian parent you have at least debated it in your head–“should I let my child play video games and if so, how much?” And if you are Christian and you enjoy playing video games, certainly the thought has crossed your mind–should I purchase that new video game system? Would it occupy too much of my time? Would I use it wisely or would I get addicted? Is there any value in video games? Are they worth playing?
Given the fact that these questions have often plagued my mind over the last 10 years since I came to know Christ, I thought I would do my best to share them with you and help you think through these issues–what should the Christian’s relationship be with video games? Should Christians play them at all? Is there a healthy way to enjoy video games in a way that doesn’t damage our relationship to Christ? Is there a way to play video games that actually encourages us in our pursuit of Christ? Can video games help build community? Or are they just a source of distraction?
These are the sorts of questions I hope to address in a series of posts on the Christian and video games. Before I jump in and start firing off posts, what do you think about video games? If you are parent–do you let you kids play? Do you set limits on how much they play? If you are a Christian adult who plays video games–why? Why do you play them? What good comes from playing them? Do you set limits on how much you play them?
I would love to hear from you, the reader, on what your relationship is with video games and how they play into your relationship with Christ. If you are reading this you surely want to know–do I play video games? The answer is yes. I play video games and I do try to set limits on how much I play them. I think that video games can be used in way that does engender community and keeps video games from becoming idols. I will share that in posts to come, but I will also talk about the danger of becoming a video game addict, because there are a lot of those in our world today and I am confident that such a relationship with video games is not healthy for the Christ follower. Before I came to know Christ, I was a video game addict–I played them all the time–needless to say, my use of video games has changed dramatically and I will share that in posts to come.