Sometimes I have to wonder about Christians. I mean, I can't be the only one who sees the hypocrisy of a Christian-based video-game based upon the premise of "Convert or Die."
"It's an incredibly violent video game," said [Clark Stevens, co-director of the Campaign to Defend the Constitution]. "Sure, there is no blood. (The dead just fade off the screen.) But you are mowing down your enemy with a gun. It pushes a message of religious intolerance. You can either play for the 'good side' by trying to convert nonbelievers to your side or join the Antichrist."Sounds good. It's a "Christian" video-game where you run around gunning down bad guys who ally themselves with the Antichrist. But, just who are these "bad guys?"
The enemy team includes fictional rock stars and folks with Muslim-sounding names, while the righteous include gospel singers, missionaries, healers and medics. Every character comes with a life story.Yes. It's obvious. Let's create a video game which openly advocates religious intolerance.
When asked about the Arab and Muslim-sounding names, [Left Behind Games' president, Jeffrey] Frichner said the game does not endorse prejudice. But "Muslims are not believers in Jesus Christ" -- and thus can't be on Christ's side in the game.
"That is so obvious," he said.
The ironic thing is that many Christians scream about the hazards of games like Grand Theft Auto, and their ability to warp the minds of our children to the point that they will embark on an uncontrolled car-stealing, hooker-beating killing spree. However, now, Christians have created a game which could embrace many of the same complaints they had about the GTA series.
Of course, the only question I really have is what is the name of this rock-star killing, post-raptured, Christian Warrior? Can we call him Mark David Chapman?