The churchies are kickin’ wit’ da Xbox, yo! Some are actually hosting videogame tournaments at church, letting kids blow the everlovin’ shit out of each other in a glorious, Jesus-endorsed digital bloodbath:
Witness the basement on a recent Sunday at the Colorado Community Church in the Englewood area of Denver, where Tim Foster, 12, and Chris Graham, 14, sat in front of three TVs, locked in violent virtual combat as they navigated on-screen characters through lethal gun bursts. Tim explained the game’s allure: “It’s just fun blowing people up.”
…At Sweetwater Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., Austin Brown, 16, said, “We play Halo, take a break and have something to eat, and have a lesson,” explaining that the pastor tried to draw parallels “between God and the devil.”
First they bitch about how violent these games are, and then they provide kids the means to play them — in a church, mind you — with a religious message attached? Nice try, dirtbags. These “youth minister” guys creep me out. They’re like big hairy wolves wearing ill-fitting sheep masks.
This is the kind of stuff that makes me snicker at the so-called “hip” Christian movement, especially when it involves undercover preachers whose sole job is to lure kids and teenagers into the fold at any cost. They try to speak the language (“I’m, like, down with Christ and stuff”), dress like teenagers (“Got my shirt at Old Navy, dude”), and pretend to be laid-back, nonjudgmental older brother types (“Hey, let’s do some fraggin’, high score gets to lead tonight’s prayer”). Their desperate attempts to worm their way into the hearts and minds of teenagers ends up looking silly and pathetic to everyone else. Yes, this includes cross-shaped MP3 players. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve played my share of violent games. Many of them had exploding bodies, oozing aliens, and very realistic gore. I just get pissed when people like this try to bash it and then use it as a “learning tool” for their own agenda. You can’t have it both ways, people…leave these kids alone! (And come to think of it, religion and violence go hand-in-hand. Maybe they’re conveying the right message to these kids after all…?)