Sunday, December 17, 2006

Left Behind: The Video Game???

I just saw this on

DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- A Christian video game has become the latest battleground in America's "culture" wars, with its maker claiming it promotes prayer while critics charge it carries a message of violent religious intolerance.

"Left Behind: Eternal Forces," is a teen-rated PC strategy game based on the wildly popular "Left Behind" Christian book series created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

The game is set in New York City after millions of Christians have been transported to heaven.

Players are charged with recruiting, and converting, an army that will engage in physical and spiritual warfare with the antichrist and his evil followers.

Whenever I see Christians parroting secular culture with Christian versions of everything from the yellow pages to romance novels to pop-music, I think that these folks don't really hate secular culture. They envy it. They envy every material bauble and gee-gaw our culture can offer. Which I suppose might be a source of shame or at best contradiction. But instead of admitting it, they plop a "Christian" label on it and viola! It's Christian!

So don't spend your hard-earn Christian dollar on stealing cars in Grand Theft Auto, you can build up your spiritual life by killing a minion for Christ.

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