Thursday, March 10, 2005

HALO 2 EVANGELISM - Who are the real players?

What do you think about this level of seeker sensetivity? Red Rocks Church in Golden (Colorado) reaches out ...

With two televisions, eight controllers and two Xboxes to accommodate up to eight video game players at a time ... (they are reaching) white-collar professionals with mortgages, kids with expendable incomes and scruffy-faced teens who come to play Halo 2 (H2).

H2 is ...

the record-breaking video game that raked in more than $125 million during its first 24 hours on the market in November -- making it the biggest one-day sales event in entertainment history.
Scott Bruegman is pastor of Red Rocks Church (an avid video game player himself) and hopes to grow his flock through this "Halo outreach." Keep in mind that H2 is a violent game, rated M (mature), featuring blood and gore, "even some bad language."

So why does Bruegman use H2?
"Halo has brought people together and relationships have formed," Bruegman said. "By playing Halo a sense of trust develops and the non-Christian gamers see Christ-like attributes in our lives. As we've become friends they've started asking us about life and God."
Paul says,
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" [2 Cor. 6:14 NASB]

One might wonder if opening an Adult Bookstore might be the wave of the future? However, Paul also says ...

"Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions." [Rom. 14:1 NASB]

And Paul challenges the Romans to consider this question ...

"Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." [v. 4]

And Jesus spoke of a wedding party, where ...

"the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled." [Luke 14:23 NASB]

So, was Paul a hypocrite with the Romans? Is Bruegman out of line? What do you think?

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