Before we dive into what Tyler’s brought for us, I want to give you some background on our guest author. Tyler said he came to fully know Christ and turn his life around during his senior year of high school. He’s a passionate and fun loving guy, attending online classes at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He leads his local youth group and plays drums and bass guitar for their praise band. He also works at a gas station with Solid Rock Gamers’ co-founder Kyle.
Solid Rock Gamers was founded in April 2014. It initially started as a vanilla Minecraft server and has now expanded to include a Pixelmon server, small League of Legends group, and most recently, a competitive Call of Duty group. They have five content creators and streamers and readily welcome others.
Without further ado, let’s get to the meat of the article.
The Proper Mindset for Christian Gamers
There is an unfair view of how many people, including Christians, view the gaming community. For years there have been several in the church who have frowned upon video games. It’s safe to say there is a stigma that goes with video gaming. It pegs gamers as crude, immature, and disconnected from God. That, however, is not completely true. While it’s true many gamers are derogatory or spew profanity, many of us just want to have fun playing games with friends without taking on those roles. As Christians, “followers of Jesus” is the only label people should place upon. Christian gamers, listen up! Here are some tips for keeping a proper mindset while gaming.
Know where you stand in your relationship with Christ. Our relationship with Jesus takes precedence over everything, even video games. Take a moment before you play a game to clear your mind and focus on God. Ask for peace, patience, and understanding. Both single player and multiplayer environments can get pretty intense and taxing sometimes, but remember, “Know Him, Know Peace” ( Proverbs 3:5).
Remember, it’s only a game. Realize that gaming doesn’t define who you are or what you will become; you find your identity in Christ. Even if you aspire for Seal Team 6 status, remember that servicemen and women conduct themselves with the highest level of standards. Rage is never the answer. Just chillax. Some believe playing violent video games can be detrimental to your psychological health. When a game has no moral compass, why should you play it? Even if it is “only a game,” there are some you should just stay clear of (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Know your limits. Learn when to stop. Often, we can lose track of time and get really invested in what we’re playing. Take a break. It will still be there later. Limitations can extend to the type of game, who made it, and why it got its ESRB rating. Sure, it may be a popular game, but is the unnecessary violence, extreme language and/or sexual behavior really worth your serenity? Desensitizing ourselves to accept these situations without so much as a second thought will lead to our own demise (Psalm 119:37).
Watch your tongue. Many times, gaming can get very intense. What you say in those situations will echo loudly in the ears of those who hear it. Think before you speak. Absolutely no one wants to hear complaining about the game, whining about a score, poking fun at another for their abilities, or vulgar and demeaning speech. Putting someone down is not an option for those who claim to know Christ. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be competitive, but being a jerk shouldn’t be associated with being competitive. Be light-hearted about whatever happens and enjoy the game. Don’t soil the experience with a bad mouth and poor spirit (see Proverbs 4:6).
To sum things up, act in accordance to God’s will and don’t just “talk the talk.” Be the game changer that God intended for you to be.
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