I read this today in the Wall Street Journal
Activision’s ‘Call of Duty’ Sets Sales Record
“Activision Blizzard Inc. said the newest title in its popular Call of Duty franchise became the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row, generating more than $500 million in worldwide retail sales in the first 24 hours of its release, according to market research company Chart-Track.”
Folks, that’s a half a billion dollars IN ONE DAY, for some of the most gruesome violence that is portrayed apart from real life.
What’s sad is that both young people and grown adults play this alike. And what’s even sadder is that Christians play this.
I remember some years ago David Wilkerson speaking about being convicted of watching a certain TV show that had violence in it and mentioning this verse in Psalms being the motivation for his stopping.
“The LORD examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.”
WOW, did you read that last part?
“THOSE WHO LOVE VIOLENCE , HE HATES WITH A PASSION”
We live in a culture that loves violence
You see it on the movies to it’s games.
At least lets start with us a Christians…..let’s love what God loves and hate what God hates.
Let me add one more verse to the mix
Read Genesis 6
11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.
13 Then God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark
Why did God destroy the earth with a flood? VIOLENCE
Why should we pay $60-70 to support something that God destroys planets over?
I know there are things in my own life that need to come into alignment with this grid: Loving what God loves and hating what God hates.
I close with a very telling test given some years ago by one of the great Christian devotional writers, AW Tozer.
AW Tozer gave 7 ways to really know ourselves and know what our character is like
See how you do on the test
Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
- What we laugh at.
Not only does CALL OF DUTY in a Christian’s library fall under many of these categories but every time I read this, I find other things that I do and support fall into this that God is not pleased with.
I have never owned CALL OF DUTY or even played it
But that in no way exonerates me in other areas.
I want every area of my life, my viewing, my reading to fall under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
God CALLS US TO DUTY EVERY DAY…..I want to be as faithful to hearing and obeying as some are to loading and playing.
Let’s shelf one CALL OF DUTY & get a revival by responding to another CALL OF DUTY.