The march of the video game revolution has been an interesting one to see. I’m old enough that I remember when Pong by Atari revamped the way we thought about what a television set could be used for. Now, no one is tied to the television to play their favorite video game, you can play them anywhere, on a television set, on a computer, on your phone, just about anywhere.
Not only can you play them anywhere, now you can play against anyone anywhere whether you know them or not. Because of the internet, you’re not bound to having someone sit next to you in your living room to play the same game as you. I’m always amazed when I go to other people’s houses and their kids are playing online and you can hear people from around the world talking to each other in Spanish, French, or whatever their language is.
Not only are you playing against people from all over the world that you’ve never seen and don’t even know, you can also play alongside them, forming alliance’s for as long as they suit you. And, really, it’s in this weird human interaction that you can see that no matter how advanced we all get with our technology, no matter how we can connect with one another all over the world, the unadulterated human spirit is the same, especially when it comes to saving its own skin.
This became very apparent to me when a friend of mine was telling me what happened to her husband when he was playing Battlefield, Bad Company 2, which is an online multi-player war game. One of the reasons he signed up to play this particular game was because he has a nephew who lives in another country who plays it, and, it’s a way for them to connect beyond the typical telephone or online chat.
One day the two had formed an alliance that was going very well, they were defeating their enemy and making progress in the game, which, of course as you can tell by the name, is about obliterating your enemy. But then something happened (I don’t know what), and the tide turned against them and instead of being in a winning position, they were starting to lose ground. And, that’s when it happened, his nephew saw a way to save himself if he abandoned his uncle, which is just what he did.
This surprised my friend’s husband, who thought that their alliance was stronger than that. Even though it was just a video game, he couldn’t believe his nephew had thrown him to the wolves to save his own skin.
Yet, this is what you see all the time in these games and in real life, there are very few times that anyone will step up and take a hit for someone else, especially if it means some part of their own self will be sacrificed. Even though the video games are sort of extreme situations where people could argue that they’re just entertainment and no one really gets hurt, they actually show the true tendency of the human heart when it is not confined by social parameters and norms, which is to sacrifice someone else instead of yourself.
How different the heart of God is. His heart is all about sacrificing everything for the one you love no matter who, or who is not, looking. He’s totally about going all in to make sure that the object of His love has every opportunity of a clear path to come back to Him no matter what the cost. In response to that kind of love shouldn’t our response be to go all in too, even though it is so very foreign to our nature?
“These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ and to have a relationship with him. ”