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A Word From Mark Driscoll

by on March 4, 2011

For your weekend. Just watch it and listen.

Disclaimer:
I know some of you reading this probably play video games. The issue is not, “Can I play video games?” The issue is, what am I doing with my time to maximize my joy in God? Of course you are free to play video games. That is not the point. “Is it sinful?” is one of the least helpful questions when it comes to your sanctification. You don’t want to default to the lowest common denominator. How can I spend my time to bless the most people, honor God and maximize my joy in God? That is a far better question.

(via Z)

This is the transcript of the the video.

Video games are not sinful, they’re just stupid. And they’re stupid in this way: Young, particularly men, and now women are joining it, they want to get on a team, be part of a kingdom, conquer a foe, and win a great, epic battle. So they do it with their thumbs and it doesn’t even count. Nobody’s really liberated. The Taliban is not really conquered. Women are not really freed from oppression. Generations are not really changed. It’s all fake. It doesn’t count.

You want to do something? Get off the couch, unplug the electronics, give your life to Jesus, find some other guys, and do something that actually matters. Leave a legacy for women, children, generations, not just the high score on some stupid game. It’s amazing. A whole world filled with guys who want to be on a team, go to a war, defeat an enemy, and save a princess.

That’s the story of this book, the Bible. And if you want to be part of that kingdom, you got to get off the couch and follow that king. And you do not quit. You fight differently when you fight for ones you love, a kingdom, and a king.

Some great battle leaders, they would historically have their men row to the shore of a place they wanted to investigate and conquer, and then the good generals would light the boats on fire. “There are two options, men: forward or death.” That has to be the attitude that we have. That has to be the attitude we have ’cause the default mode of the human heart is selfishness, laziness, quitting. And some of you are here and you’ve already quit. Don’t.

And some of you would want to say you’re a Christian and not see it through to completion. And let me just say this. All of the slots for hypocrite are already filled. All of those positions are filled. We’re not lacking hypocrites. We’re lacking disciples.

I know some of you reading this probably play video games. Just like anything else, a good thing can become a God thing. The issue is not, “Can I play video games?” The issue is, what am I doing with my time to maximize my joy in God? Of course you are free to play video games. That is not the point. “Is it sinful?” is one of the least helpful questions when it comes to your sanctification. You don’t want to default to the lowest common denominator. How can I spend my time to bless the most people, honor God and maximize my joy in God? That is a far better question.

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