A few months back I wrote a post titled “One Christian’s View of World of Warcraft” This post received over 200 comments. In the last two days it received 56 comments that I had to delete. I have turned on my comment moderation.
There is a ongoing conversation about my post on the WoW Head forum. Many remarks were made as to my deleting comments and not addressing them.
This post is to address seven issues with those who have commented or watched the dialogs.
1. Deleted Comments
You can comment here in disagreement however, I will only approve valid comments that address the issue (not my lack of intelligence for believing in God and the Bible)
As I stated in the original post: I will not approve any obscene comments sexual remarks or vulgar language. Please keep it G rated.
Several posts on the WoW forum were about logic and some good points were made. I understand logic, rhetoric and dialectic. Logic is a skill or a tool like a hammer. A hammer can be used to build something useful or as a murder weapon. See my Logic post.
The God-given ability to reason well is a critical thinking skill that is vital in science, mathematics, law, forecasting, diagnosing, and just about every other discipline. The ability to reason well is of great importance.
The problem is not logic–it is worldview, see next issue.
There are mainly two world views in America—a secular world view and a Christian world view (it can be divided into more categories, but for now we look at the main two). American public schools teach from a secular, humanistic world view.
Christians must evaluate things like entertainment and movies we allow our children to view, etc, in a in a radically different way from that of secular humanists. See “Four Questions Reveal Your Worldview”
It is not logical to comment on a post for Christians about Christian behavior if you don’t believe in God. We have different standards. We will not agree.
I wrote a post on self esteem recently. The secular word focuses on self-esteem. God says humble yourself. A relationship with God cannot be earned by our diligence, our commitment, or our effort. See The Self Esteem Lie
4. My APOLOGY
I am grieved that some people think that I am slamming them and looking down my nose at wow players. I sincerely did not try to be holier than thou. If you reread the post I think you will see my true intentions.
MY INTENTION: to evaluate the game my pre-teenage boys were curious about and share what I found with my like-minded friends (saving them the hours of research I did) that read this blog. My evaluation is based on the Bible.
I sincerely apologize if I have said anything to lead anyone to feel that I am better than them. I want to make it very very clear I am not judging any person. I am making a judgment on this game for my family.
I do not think I am better than any Wow player. I am not. I am a sinner. I battle sin daily and often fall.
As I said in the original post
We are in a battle daily–not a virtual battle–a real battle! The Christian walk is a battle against our sin nature or our flesh. “The flesh” refers to the fallen nature still with the believer. In Romans 6, Paul says the old man has been crucified and that we can overcome the flesh by reckoning ourselves dead to sin and by yielding ourselves to God. God’s Holy Spirit assists us in our battle against the flesh.
Saying you are a “Christian” has many meanings today. I am saved– this means I accepted Christ sacrifice for my sins and I want Him to be Lord of my life. I believe the Bible is the instruction book for a fulfilled life. This does not make me a non-sinner but a forgiven sinner.
It because of His righteousness not anything I do. As a matter of fact, I got tired of trying and failing and disappointing God. See the video on the post I Got Tired of Trying to Please God
I am sorry if the post or attitude sounded judgmental towards anyone.
5. God is Not Mean and Angry
God is NOT an angry judge sitting in wait to throw a lightning rod. He is a loving father waiting for his children. Don’t let anything I say lead you to feel another way.
Too many people believe God is judgmental, angry, and elderly–detached from the world waiting just for someone to do something wrong. See Survey Reveals American’s View of God
The most stunning portrait of God our Father is in the parable of the prodigal Son.The younger son demanded his inheritance early and left the family. The older son faithfully stayed with his father. The younger son spent the money on wild living and ended up broke & hungry feeding pigs. He decided to go home and beg forgiveness in hopes his father would give him a servant’s job.
Now here is the SUPER part: The father longingly watched for his son’s return then when he saw him approaching, he came running to the prodigal son kissing him over and over, even before the son apologized. The dancing father was elated in his son’s return. The father loved the son sooooo much he told his servants to have a big BBQ party in celebration.
That’s how much God loves us. He is waiting for us to come to him– no matter what we have done there is nothing His grace won’t forgive!
This is not about your worthiness. This is not about winning points. This is not about what you do or fail to do. It is about the fact that He is your father and waiting for you to enter in a relationship with Him!
6. Don’t Judge God by Christians
Many of the comments I deleted and comments on the WoW forum referenced “you Christians” in a very negative tone. I completely understand.
Please don’t judge God by actions! I don’t like being called ignorant for believing in God but I do understand (breaks my heart to say this) there are some pretty hateful, judgmental attitudes in churches.
Any I understand some of you think I am judgemental. I know I sure have been and I ask God to forgive me for it.
I understand because I have been hurt more by folks in churches than anywhere else. See the post “Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore” by my friend Wayne.
I do go to church. After much searching, I found a church with more loving folks than angry judgmental ones.
Please, please, don’t judge God by people, especially me.
Finally, I am praying for each of you and I have asked other to be praying. God hears and answers prayers. I’m praying that each of you will open your eyes to God’s love.
I am also praying God will show me if when I have a wrong attitude and that He will adjust it to show His love.
God bless you.