Call of Duty

Posted: November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The United States has suffered a devastating attack. It appears the world is coming to an end. The nation’s industries and infrastructure have been nearly obliterated. Many have died, and the government is about to implode. The Call of DutyFortunately, U.S. Special Operations personnel will lead a strike to regain control of America from “the Federation,” a rebel group. They have secret weapons. The year is 2023.

Is this apocalyptic-sounding storyline drawn from the book of Revelation? No, this is the background for the newly released “first-person shooter” video game called Call of Duty: Ghosts. It’s actually the tenth installment in the Call of Duty series and it’s already made a billion dollars. Dialogue from a trailer announcing the new release sounds almost biblical. A father says to his two sons, “Our new enemies advanced from south of the equator overwhelming an already crippled nation. But I trained you well. And you won’t be alone.” Then the father says, “A man who truly loves his country doesn’t just give his life … he gives his sons.”

So what’s the harm in playing a video game to help save your country? Isn’t that a good cause and won’t it provide you with a little innocent form of entertainment? Should a Christian purchase and play this video game?

Let’s first look at the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Rated “M” for mature 17+, this category states that it contains “blood, drug reference, intense violence, and strong language.” Those are pretty tame ways of saying there is massive killing, murder, carnage, gore, and brutality. This is nothing in common with Paul’s admonition to keep our minds filled with “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8).

There are several factors a Christian should consider when looking to play video games that are violent, sexually explicit, and gruesome. The addictive nature of these games consumes huge amounts of time that is focused on oneself. Social isolation is encouraged by an over-dependence on these games. Watching violent acts of mutilation and torture and virtually participating in these behaviors numbs our senses to truth and love. Such desensitization destroys our moral capacities to determine what is right. Christ taught that we commit sin even when we lust and kill in our hearts (Matthew 5:21-30).

A final caution in viewing or playing these types of video games is the distorted plots that are portrayed about the end of time. We see worldwide battles engaged in violent actions that involve the speed and skill of soldiers to outmaneuver the enemy by using guns and bombs. But the Bible tells us the real battle is between the forces of good and evil, between Christ and Satan, between people who follow God’s law and those who rebel. The real war happens in our hearts.

There is a call to duty given to every Christian. It is to follow Jesus and spread the gospel. We are not to kill our enemies but love them. Women are not to be used like objects but to be protected. The final war will not come from some distant country, but will be an effort by the beast and dragon, a religious-political union to destroy God’s people. It is a real battle. The secret weapon is not some new type of galactic laser; it is a relationship with Christ maintained through studying the only trustworthy battle map—the Bible.

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