I have heard so much on the negativity of gamers and people who play MMORPG’s (Massive Multiplier Online Role Playing Games). I do agree that there are scientific evidences that can show affects of gaming as well as TV, overly working, ignoring your spouse, or any hobby. I believe that the focus is too much on the negatives. If a teen goes and kills people then the first response to why is that he played a bloody and a violent game. Even though they played the game does not mean it was the cause of their violence. The issues are usually deeper than just a game as the game could feed on the desire of the person’s heart. Those who end up hurting others have fed on their sin of hatred and frustration.
These stories always bring gamers into the bad wrap, and then Christian writers and scientists write about it. My hope that I can bring a different light for readers to see about gamers like myself. At first I played to escape the world and wanted to have control of something. It was a battle that God showed me that I needed to remember where my focus is at. I realized that I was placing the game ahead of God, and I had to make a choice. That is the game for gamers who struggle with the same reasoning as I did. I want to fit in, but I do not so I play a game to become something. Seeing this in many people I have met online from ages 13-55 years old. All of them are searching even the Christians I have met. It is not just for the lost that these issues exist. Youth hide in these games because they feel like an outcast.
God made it cleared that He did not want me to not play game He wanted me to remember who came first. So now that when I play I want to honor Him when I play. Each guild that I created was to build it on reaching the lost and discipling the other believers. I have been doing MMORPG’s since 2002. It is a mission field for many Christians to reach. As a Christian we need to be ready for any moment, opportunity, or conversation that God brings as we play. You never know when we are a light or a salt in the gaming community. So many people play to escape, lets remind them who Jesus is, and what He did for them.
The main reason for many who play is as I said to escape. They are tired of the reality, and all they want to do it find a form of freedom or control. For an unbeliever that can be satisfying for the moment. As a Christian, I believe we have a duty. Is it wrong to play a game for fun and fellowship? No, of course not. The issue is, do you pay attention for opportunity to impact gamers you play with? I have had sever opportunities to talk, some led to witnessing, and others to advise. The one conversation that has stood out the most was when a boy (later I found out age 15) asked the community (100’s of random people) about what he should do about his cheating girlfriend. That is a broad statement for those who have never played an MMO. You see it would be if you went on the newspaper and asked random people to give you advise. Imagine the comments you would get… take a moment. These people were giving this young man the worst, most disgusting, and corrupt responses to his dilemma. I was sadden at what came from people’s minds. I felt the spirit lead me to talk to him in a whisper (a private chat). I asked if he would not mind receiving advise from a Christian perspective. He was opened, and we talked for a good 20 minutes. We talked about dating, how to react respectfully, and how to wait forward to the next girl. I put a twist in it though, I told him about a book that impacted me, When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy. It teaches about relationships starting with God. It turned out this young man was a Christian, and he received the advise and idea of the book with open arms.
This is 1 of 100’s of conversations I have had in my life as a gamer. The easiest thing would be to have ignored the conversation and do my own thing. I feel that we as Christians have taken entertainment to a point of hanging up our Christianity at the door so I can relax. You MUST understand that sometimes you need to be ready to be used by God. He may bring someone who needs your words (which is really God working in you) so they can see God in a different light. We can impact the community of gamers if we are willing. I also believe that if churches would be willing to use people like myself, a ministry could be established not only through the person, but for any in the church family who play games to create their own guild in the church that is supported by the church and run by a paid or volunteered director. I will have to talk about administration in a guild. This will open many churches and Christian’s eyes about a guild being run. It is not easy!