DayBreaks for 5/06/19: Pocket God
From the DayBreaks archive: May 2009
Have you heard about Pocket God? It’s one of the top-selling video game applications for Apple’s iPhone. Here’s the game description found on iTunes:
“What kind of god would you be? Benevolent or vengeful? Play Pocket God and discover the answer within yourself. On a remote island, you are the all-powerful god that rules over the primitive islanders. You can bring new life, and then take it away just as quickly.”
Seeing that game options include throwing islanders into volcanoes, using islanders as shark bait, bowling for islanders with a large rock, or creating earthquakes to destroy the islanders’ villages, designers seem to think players will only want to play the role of a vengeful god—which must mean they think that’s the only kind of god players can ever imagine being real.
This reminds me somewhat of a famous experiment that was done a number of years ago where college students were placed in positions of power (akin to being “god-like”) such that they could administer shocks to other students and could wield power over them. They didn’t have to be mean to their “subjects”, but what the researchers discovered was that if one person was given power over another, they wound up using that power for not such altruistic purposes.
This is nothing short of horrifying. For one thing, the God that I know and worship isn’t anywhere close to being like a “pocket God.” The entire universe is not enough to contain Him. Secondly, He doesn’t want to throw anyone (except Satan and his angels) into a volcano or pit of any kind, and He doesn’t use humans for bait. I seriously doubt that God finds any humor at all in this “game.”
Perhaps most disturbing is the image this creates in the minds of those who play the game. I don’t care what anyone else says, it makes a difference. Even if it does nothing more than make kids think that God is this way, it’s terribly destructive.
Satan is not the Creator, but he is creative and innovative when it comes to trying to warp our minds. Isn’t it time we stop to consider what we believe, and what we will tolerate, in light of the Word instead of our own opinions? It’s time to take God back out of our pockets and put Him on the streets, taking Him with us “as we go” into all the world.
Prayer: Father, forgive us for we often don’t know what we are doing. Give us the courage to reveal the real God, in the person of Jesus Christ, to a desperately sick world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>