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The Weapons of Our Warfare Are Not Fleshly… Unless The Graphics Kick Ass!

Boing Boing once again fills us in on another mind-shaker… according to the site Talk To Action, Left Behind Games Inc. will be releasing a video game later this year — a first-person shooter real-time strategy game like Quake or Splinter Cell Warcraft or Command & Conquer — in which the player takes the role of a Christian paramilitary soldier. Your goal? Convert the citizens of New York City to Christ… or terminate with extreme prejudice. In the game, you are encouraged to convert or kill Jews, Muslims, Catholics, gays, and anyone opposed to your goal of an American theocracy.

Seriously, WTF???

Check out the article at Talk To Action for all the details — it’s a lengthy but informative and chilling read — but here’s the gist: the game, which advocates and depicts graphic, explicit violence against anyone who hasn’t accepted Christ as their personal savior, has strong connections to Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Church.

Warren’s organization has made no secret of its intention to create an army of a billion Christian foot-soldiers to literally re-make the world before the oft-delayed second coming. He’s even got the president of Rwanda on board with full cooperation to start there. What better way to get the kids used to killing infidels than by marketing a video game directly to congregations?

The international director of Warren’s church, Mark Carver, sits on the advisory board of Left Behind Games. Tyndale House , which publishes the insanely popular series of Left Behind books, granted the company a license to use the intellectual property of the series to market and design the game — so they approve of using bullets to baptize, as well. So does the mastermind of the Left Behind series of books, Tim LaHaye, who told the LA Times, “We hope kids like the game. Our real goal is to have no one left behind.”

And even if you aren’t translated in the rapture, don’t worry — Warren’s army of video game-trained foot-soldiers will blow you away before the Apocalypse.

This really serves as a reminder: Islam isn’t the only child of Abraham to spawn fundamentalist jihadists. Some come from Lake Forest, California.

Another day, another item on the list of “Why I Am Not A Christian!”

Comments

  1. David says

    Since I am a gamer, I find this just utterly stupid. And it will only add fuel to the fire of politicians trying to ban violent games. This is just one of those games that wont sell very well, but will get tons of press because of the content premiss. Its also sad that someone thinks they can change people to believe in what “they” want by such force. I am sure that this game wont make it very far and will only appeal to these wacko thinkers.

    David

  2. says

    Reports about the game have been very inaccurate. The game does not have the player try to establish a theocracy or kill people who don’t convert. In fact, you are penalized for killing people, even though Christian forces are fighting against the anti-Christ’s army.

    See more about the nature of the game, with quotes from secular reviewers who have actually played it.

  3. says

    Thanks for the info, Layman… of course, I can expect something like this game to generate lots of point-counterpoint.

    If a character in the game is penalized for killing non-believers, how are the forces of the anti-Christ’s army supposed to be stopped? I imagine there must be some kind of conversion “weapon” that comes into it, but of course I’m only speculating.

    I concede that my information about the game itself might be inaccurate (which is why I linked to my sources), but the basic fact remains: we’re talking about a video game that features a paramilitary Christian army using force to get converts. There’s something very wrong about that (see the paraphrased scripture I’ve used to title my post), especially considering that the game has connections to the Purpose Driven organization, which is openly seeking the establishment of theocratic countries and the conversion of a billion people before the rapture (an open-ended timetable if there ever was one.)

    Note to readers: Layman has blogged about the video game. Check it out.

  4. keiko says

    Conversion Weapon! Doesn’t that sound like some sort of crazy ‘brainwashing’ device? :P And that reference to being a tool of the Antichrist – that would actually make the game at least mildly interesting.:D

    Just as an afterthought: Wasn’t the New World Order supposed to be the tool of the antichrist?

    Note to self: Must erase all of the biblical brochure and books from my noggin before I fall over laughing… Some things are too damned funny for any good to come from them.

    “…You will know them by their fruitbowls…” ROFL

  5. says

    Just for the record, the phrase “conversion weapon” was mine — not the game’s. And as Layman points out in his comment, there are two sides to this, and many, many agendas being served by both sides.

    Above all, though, remains the need to be vigilant, and watch those who attempt to extend their influence and power in the name of religion, as dominionist organizations (like Purpose Driven) and people (like Tim Lahaye) seem to do.

  6. keiko says

    The term just brought a few crazy things to the head… and the lack of sugar helped this silliness. :D

    I have found over the years that most people aren’t aware of the damage that they are doing by continuing their actions. It isn’t as if we get up in the morning and try to put ourselves in another person’s shoes – that would make some sort of sense. We can’t have that, can we?! Mankind is its own worse enemy.

    Keiko

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