Some Things Should Be “Left Behind”

Someone stop the planet – I’m getting off. It just came to my attention this afternoon (perhaps this is old news to you) that the progenitors of the Left Behind series (Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins) launched a video game division called Left Behind Games (what else?) in February of this year, and their first project will be a game called Left Behind: Eternal Forces. MSNBC’s Newsweek Periscope article recorded the following from Left Behind Games CEO, Troy Lyndon:

Left Behind Games CEO Troy Lyndon, whose company went public in February, says the game’s Christian themes will grab the audience that didn’t mind gore in “The Passion of the Christ.” “We’ve thought through how the Christian right and the liberal left will slam us,” says Lyndon. “But megachurches are very likely to embrace this game.”

“Megachurches are very likely to embrace this game”…why does it seem that this statement nearly says it all? Sadly, this “Eternal Forces” game turns sobering biblical truth into a…game. In fact, not only do players blow away infidels with modern military weaponry, but it is even possible to play on the side of the Antichrist. Here is a summary description of the game from the Left Behind Games website:

“Wage a war of apocalyptic proportions in LEFT BEHIND: Eternal Forces – a real-time strategy game based upon the best-selling LEFT BEHIND book series created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Join the ultimate fight of Good against Evil, commanding Tribulation Forces or the Global Community Peacekeepers, and uncover the truth about the worldwide disappearances!

· Lead the Tribulation Force from the book series, including Rayford, Chloe, Buck and Bruce against Nicolae Carpathia – the AntiChrist.

· Conduct physical & spiritual warfare: using the power of prayer to strengthen your troops in combat and wield modern military weaponry throughout the game world.

· Recover ancient scriptures and witness spectacular Angelic and Demonic activity as a direct consequence of your choices.

· Command your forces through intense battles across a breathtaking, authentic depiction of New York City .

· Control more than 30 units types – from Prayer Warrior and Hellraiser to Spies, Special Forces and Battle Tanks!

· Enjoy a robust single player experience across dozens of New York City maps in Story Mode – fighting in China Town, SoHo, Uptown and more! lbg2.jpg

· Play multiplayer games as Tribulation Force or the AntiChrist’s Global Community Peacekeepers with up to eight players via LAN or over the internet!”

Things like this make a sad mockery of Christ’s future return – no matter what eschatological beliefs you may hold. When He returns, it will be no laughing (or gaming) matter –

Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.

As believers, we have a great need to stimulate one another to love and good deeds – deeds which comport with the real battle that God has assigned to us as the soldiers of Christ. Additionally, we must always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks us to give an account for the hope that is in us, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15). We are in a battle, but we cannot lose sight of the nature of our warfare:

Ephesians 6:11-12: 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The truth is that we are in a very serious battle and we must not downgrade that truth for the sake of entertainment. Here’s my advice to those who occupy their time with such things: put your joystick down and go across the street and witness to your neighbor! Now that’s a real battle!

Finally – what entertainment can there be in enabling a “gamer” to play on the side of Satan? After all, he is the enemy and accuser of the saints of God – even of Christ Himself. Foolishness like this should remind us all that some things should in fact be “left behind.”

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4 Responses to Some Things Should Be “Left Behind”

  1. Ray says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head — If we took the return of Christ seriously, and had any concept of Grace, we would be witnessing to our neighbors, NOT ‘snuffing’ each other in an ‘end times’ GAME!

    We have reduced the bible — the Word of God, which many brave men and women died to preserve, to a magazine with dating tips in it, and now this.

    The deep things of God, which should shape our lives, are now reduced to entertainment for the kids. It is no wonder the Flying Spaghetti Monster is making so much headway!

    Michael, I have missed reading your blog, I am glad to be back…

  2. thearmoury says:

    You said – “If we took the return of Christ seriously, and had any concept of Grace, we would be witnessing to our neighbors…”

    Amen Ray! – I find that it is simply too easy to become indifferent to this lost world – what I don’t need is a video game that will increase that indifference, instead, I need a deeper love and compassion for the lost all around me. I hope that you’ve been well – you’re always welcome to visit and post at the armoury!

  3. Ray says:

    Michael, I also watched the video clip of ‘King of the Hill’ that you linked to.

    Amazing! I spoke with some other folks about it, and they agreed that their church was like that, and failed to see why it is a bad thing!

    When we insist on a ‘worship experience’ that is comfortable and detached from the one to whom our worship is directed, why are we surprised when the modern church is tepid and irrelevant?

    Amazingly, these CGM types claim that they are attempting to make the church relevant by their antics — yet they have created such a vapid and pale environment, that the true relevancy of the Gospel is either buried, or simply tossed.

  4. thearmoury says:

    I agree Ray – It all reminds me of the importance of steering clear of these manmade devices by preserving a simple devotion to Christ through His Word. May the Lord grant us continued grace to do just that!

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