Convert or Die

December 12, 2006 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Christianity, Islam, Muslim, War | 5 Comments

That’s the premise of the new video game, Left Behind, based on the popular but terribly written Christian books. So is it okay to create a game where players take either the side of Christians or the side of Satanists, and go around “converting” people? Not only that but they go around with guns in their hands converting people…isn’t that…er…what extremist Muslims want to do? Isn’t their supposed goal the forcible conversion of the world to Islam?

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  1. The video game is likely a terrible mistake if the game’s goal were to spread the good news and Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s shameful if under the guise of a “Christian” marketing label, gamers employ coercive tactics to gain supposed converts. That has no Biblical basis when the Bible clearly teaches that salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is a very personal, voluntary decision.

    But this violent game’s calculated purpose is a business purpose: to tap into a large market of quasi-conservative Christian gamers and ease their own and their parents’ consciences of the violence by slapping a “Christian” label on it. In this case, what’s good for business is reflecting badly on Christianity.

  2. Christian Curious,

    Thanks for commenting. I’m not sure what the goals of this game really are, except perhaps to tap into that rich market. I think that when coupled with the Jesus Camp, the strong connections to the military and the Pentagon, not to mention the White House, this is very troubling.

  3. Let’s not forget that historically, Christianity has just as solid a record of forced violent conversions as Islam does. Read the history of Spain for exhibit A. That of course does not reflect the theology of either Christianity or Islam where “love thy enemy” and “there is no compulsion in religion” give pretty clear theological guidance to either religion. Games like this are merely a reflection of a now rising modern tide in some strains of Christianity (though we could broaden it to western culture in general which long has either exoticized or demonized all things Arab and Muslim) which now like to replace the imagery of the sword and the cross with the F-16 and the cross. Wasn’t very Christian back in the middle ages, isn’t very Christian today. Thankfully, there are far more sensible Christian voices that speak up today as well reminding us that Jesus really did teach us to turn the other cheek, one hopes that they will gain the upper hand.

  4. non-Arab Arab,

    well said. You’d think we have learned a thing or two from the past, but as we know, life is very cyclical.

  5. @NonA-A

    “Let’s not forget that historically, Christianity…. That of course does not reflect the theology of either Christianity or Islam where “love thy enemy” and “there is no compulsion in religion” give pretty clear theological guidance to either religion.”

    Is it it really fair to say historically that “Christianity” did this or “Islam” did that when such events contradict their respective teachings? My point is that the video game may not be “Christian” at all. The crusades may not have been “Christian” either. We likely agree that Islam is being perverted by terrorists also. So, please be careful when pointing out “historical this or that.” Maybe it’s more accurate historically to say Roman Catholicism perverted Christ’s teachings or Christianity.


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