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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Culture Pop: What th'Eschaton....

So check this out: a Christian video game. "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" is a game based on the Left Behind series.

What makes such media "Christian," you ask? Perhaps it's the Tim LaHaye branded authorship (if you ask me, he really should have stuck to his "act of marriage" manuals, if you know what I mean) Perhaps it's the promise of "breakthrough" that "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" offers to the dismal world of unprofitable, tacky Christian media available in the mainstream (Lord, help us please, seriously)... or maybe it's a reading of Revelation that conveniently translates into "a level of violence reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto" (quoting Newsweek International... for those who don't know, "Grand Theft Auto" involves such levels of violence as good guys gaining points for lacerating and beating women and children- it's disgusting)

Newsweek continues: "The game revolves around New Yorkers who are "left behind" after the rapture to scour the streets for converts, training them into a military force for resistance against the growing forces of the Antichrist."

Apparently megachurches are "very likely to embrace this game." I think this is troubling at least- a serious risk of young people being schooled in a powerful way to forget the implications of Calvary, to ignore what the mercy of God might really look like, in the exhileration of "helping God out" by beating His people up and hopefully obliterating them.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition-