Haven’t We Gone too Far? (Video Games)December 17, 2006
To my brethren,
Greetings and Salutations. I hope everything goes well for you.
I have noticed that these PS3’s and Xbox 360’s are, dare I say it, becoming too idolized. Let me explain. While driving by a Best Buy, we (my mom and I) had to take a detour because of all the tents. I said, “Mom, what’s going on here?” She said, “They’re waiting for PS3’s to go on sale in three days.” THREE DAYS! Excuse me, but that seems going a bit too far. I also noticed that the domain name ps3.com is selling for 6800 dollars. And the systems are going for more. Did I miss something?
Let us go back to my early childhood. The thing of the season was the playstation. Just the regular old playstation (I could play Frogger at home! Imagine!) Well, they were going for about $250 as I remember, and being 8, that money wasn’t going to be found in the nearest gutter. Than, with a descent of angels, and Holy spirits blowing trumpets, I had an idea. Santa Claus! What a wonderful man. All the things I wanted, he could make for free. I just had to believe he was real. Heck, I’d believe that Jay-Z was a pastor for a mega-church if it meant getting free toys! Anyway, I finally got one of those playstations, and still have one today. Back then, i could say, “I got a Playstation!” and all my friends would go, “You lucky booger!” Now, I am kicked out of youth group because I act like Playstations are awesome.
I can’t help but wonder, “Are we going to far with these video games?” It almost seems like people are idolizing these machines. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are nothing wrong with video games per se. But when we see people sleeping in tents, I get this message, ” I want this thing SO bad, that I’m willing to give up my bed and my three days, just to sit here and wait for this here playstation to be sold.” And that seems kind of ridiculous.
We could go round and round on this subject, so I really don’t want to get in a debate on the merits of video games. Remember, “all things are permissible, but no all thing are beneficial.” In my words, it says, “We can do anything we want, but not all the things we do are helpful to us.” I know some of you will disagree that we canNOT do anything we want. And I want to remind you, that God gave us free choice, not to abuse it, but in hopes (and he already knows) that we would give it back to him. There is nothing stopping me from getting off the computer and robbing a bank. But all things we do have consequences. Think about this. I just saw one of those playstations on sale. “The console, four controllers, and your pick of two games! Only $60!” That should tell us something. We should be faithful stewards of what God has given us, and things that depreciate in value, we should be careful on how much money we spend on it.
Once again, I am NOT condemning video games. I am merely making you, my readers, aware of the problems with new consoles. Think about what I said. A DOMAIN NAME is 6800 dollars. (don’t believe me? go to ebay and type ps3 domain names) And for those of you who do buy one, I’m not condemning. I am just saying that you should look at all the facts before you buy. As for me, I’m going to wait till I get a bargain on a PS2 since they are getting outdated quickly.
All of God’s Peace and Blessings