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Book Review: The Hole in Our Holiness (Kevin DeYoung)

Where have all the Christians striving to be holy disappeared to? Why do so many Christians now think it’s old-hat to live a holy life? Somehow it’s become more widely accepted that Christians don’t need to work hard to be like Jesus Christ. This isn’t just a crying shame; it’s depressingly unbiblical. Yet it isn’t surprising, as believers increasingly allow themselves to be absorbed into the world’s system without so much as a second thought. In general, most professing Christians seem to believe that holiness isn’t worth pursuing. The subject has managed to become controversial even, but that didn’t stop author Kevin DeYoung from tackling it in The Hole in Our Holiness. And perhaps best is how Kevin does, as Pastor John Piper quaintly states on the back cover, “This book is vintage DeYoung–ruthlessly biblical.”

Kevin aims to answer three questions in the book:

  • “What does it mean to be holy?”
  • “Why should we care?”
  • “And how can we change?”

Every Christian and every church should ask those questions, and learn the answers well. We must know what it means to be [holy] like God, why it’s critical to care, and what is necessary for us to make progress toward holiness. As written on the book’s inside flap, discussing holiness is more and more important because “too few Christians look like Christ and too many don’t seem all that concerned about it.” Yet after finishing THIOH, I’m refreshed and enthusiastic…not despondent or discouraged, to join DeYoung in what should be the Christian’s response to I Peter 1:14-16.

If you didn’t catch it before, this holiness stuff is controversial. In a world where more and more people, including Christians, call evil good and good evil…Kevin’s arguments and challenges are timely and a necessary wake-up call. At the beginning of THIOH, Kevin compares what he thinks is the general Christian’s attitude toward holiness to what his is toward [outdoor] camping, that it’s for “other people” to do and enjoy. He further suggests that Christians who give up pursuing holiness do so because there seems to be too little return for the investment. Yet any thinking like that about holiness ignores the reality that holiness is the same thing as obeying God! DeYoung even begs us to consider Heaven as a huge reason why Christians should be thirsty for holiness, as Heaven will be a holy place. He asks, “If you don’t like it (holiness) now, why would you then?”

If that isn’t striking enough, the second chapter got me thinking as it lays out the truth that God saves sinners so they will be like Him. And it makes sense, given the explanation [in chapter 7] that Christians are to be who they are….. in Christ! The problem is, as outlined in chapter three, that so many Christians (myself as well) tend to stray toward rule-keeping, generational imitation, generic spirituality, looking for our true selves (silly!), and perhaps worst of all, the world’s system. Instead, as chapter four declares, we should be more like Jesus Christ as the years go by. We should have a life increasingly marked by biblical virtue, and regularly enjoy a clean conscience because we’re in such lock-step with the Savior that our accounts are short with Him and the Spirit’s fruit in us is abundant!

And what of God’s laws (chapter 5)? You can’t really have a conversation about holiness without thinking of the Torah, the Ten Commandments, where God especially describes His character through commands. Yes, Christians absolutely are not under the [Mosaic] law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). However, Kevin makes a very valid point that holiness requires that we know, understand, and obey God’s laws…not as a means to be saved, but to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) You just can’t do that without obeying Him, and we obey by following His laws! You can’t separate love from law, and vice versa. Even the apostle Paul wrote that he wouldn’t have known sin had it not been for the Law (Romans 7:7).

Squirming yet? Well you can relax a bit now. Kevin does encourage us with the fact that Christians actually please God! We don’t do this on our own of course, but because we are in Christ, and God is pleased with Christ, what Christians do is actually capable of pleasing Him! We should remember that [chapter six] point every single day. We should also always remember we can’t do anything, let alone be holy, without the Spirit’s power, the gospel truth, and faith in Jesus Christ (chapter 7). And on the flip side of that, God gave us wonderfully functional minds and bodies so we could work at becoming more holy! Holiness is really a spiritual workout, not something God spoon-feeds us (I Timothy 4:7-8), so it shouldn’t catch Christians by surprise that becoming more holy isn’t exactly easy! Yet the rewards, the spiritual dividends are worth every bit of eternity they’re paid into.

The chapter on immorality (8) could have been its own book. You won’t finish that chapter without experiencing some conviction. And I could go on and on discussing the book, but you probably get the idea of what The Hole in Our Holiness brings to the table by now. We need its every challenge, encouragement, and wake-up call.

Kevin’s message is essentially that holiness requires a close relationship with the Savior (chapter 10). It requires taking seriously God’s demands that we be like Him. And it takes great courage and boldness to practice personal separation from the world and its God-less system (I John 2:16). If you’re a believer that’s convinced it’s time to care more about really following…really obeying the God who created and saved you, please pick up a copy of The Hole in Our Holiness as soon as possible and prepare for an intense look at your heart. You need it, just like I did.

Book Review: Just Do Something (Kevin DeYoung)

Most Christians ask, “What is God’s will for me?” at some point in their lives. It certainly isn’t wrong to ask that question; Christians should care about God’s will, but it is wrong when pondering it and/or looking for it causes the believer to take eons to make what really should be simple decisions. The millennial generation especially has seemed to master the art of agonizing over the litany of life’s questions, significant or small, and Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding God’s Will is an excellent tool that can help you get back on the proper decision-making track.

It’s impressive how, with such an intimidating subject matter that can be very difficult to dissect, Kevin manages to present a great number of effective illustrations and straightforward trains of thought to help us understand God’s will better and think more biblically about it. Kevin suggests that Christians waste immeasurable, unrecoverable amounts of time waiting for God to show them the way, and spend sadly little time actually doing anything. I tend to agree with that. Kevin makes it clear that God has a plan for each of us, but that it isn’t God’s plan for us to know that plan in its every detail. And it shouldn’t surprise us that because Christians want to know, we’re driving ourselves nuts choosing what to have for breakfast, or where to live.

DeYoung covers a variety of topics in Just Do Something, beginning with how the realities of God and His character actually shape the carrying out of His will (ch.2). He moves on to emphasizing reasons why believers want to know God’s will (ch.3), why some reasons are wrong (ch.4) how we should handle following God’s will (ch.5), the ways Christians manage to make decision-making such an arduous process (ch.6), suggestions for practical actions to take and avoid in disseminating God’s will (ch.7), how to apply biblical wisdom (Scripture, counsel, and prayer) to decision-making (ch.8), and much more. And I knew Kevin wouldn’t fail to nail me in my struggle of being a timid, analytic second-guesser with tainted emotions. Thanks for that brother.

Don’t misunderstand though. Kevin’s goal is never to encourage doing whatever comes to mind at any time regardless of the potential consequences, and he doesn’t do that. He absolutely does advocate, as he should, for Christians to apply Scriptural truth and principles when making certain decisions. The key there is certain. When it comes to non-moral matters such as where to live or attend college, what career path to take, whether to buy or rent, whether to serve your church in this way or that way, etc, God is never going to write in the sky what He ultimately determined for you. Almighty God did, after all, give mankind a fully functional brain to make choices.

Yet reality is that Christians in general don’t make decisions well, myself included. We want our ducks all in a row. We don’t want to take risks. We simply like to know if it’s what God really wants, and what the long-term ramifications will be. The problem is if that was reality, we wouldn’t depend on God at all, let alone fully. We would lean on our own understanding, not that of the God who knows past, present, and future, and predestined what He knows is best for each of us. Kevin pounds this home in each chapter, and I appreciate the necessary reminders. And of course he never fails to supplement the book’s great content with his trademark humor, and personal anecdotes. Apparently Kevin’s grandfather has influenced him much in this area, because you’ll encounter him several times throughout JDS.

In the end, while some of Kevin’s claims are perhaps debatable, overall I think he’s spot-on with his theology about what God’s will is, and how Christians ought to be walking in it. So, if you’ve wanted to understand better what in fairness is a difficult concept, Just Do Something is a very good resource that sheds further light on the teachings of Scripture. Is it God’s will that you read it? Well, that’s for you to decide.

A Response to “5 Questions to Ask Before Posting To Social Media”

I’m often pondering how I can use social media in a godly way. It’s not that I’m clueless; I simply want to please God when I post. But it never hurts to have some of the holes in your understanding filled by others. And I’m thankful that Cara Joyner has helped save me from my usual mental over-complicating of such things in her recent blog article “5 Questions to Ask Before Posting To Social Media.” Cara’s brief thoughts in response to her own questions are thought-provoking. Every [millennial] Christian should consider carefully what she says, as ours is a society where more and more of individuals’ lives are becoming public, and not necessarily for the greater good or glory of God. The purpose of this article is to both briefly respond to Cara, while adding questions of my own. And of course I know Cara isn’t the first to bring the issue to light, but her material is a great springboard for further discussion.

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A great tool that can be used in ungodly ways

I’ve been on the wrong side of all Cara’s questions at some point or another, no doubt. Certainly I’ve posted content to Facebook (i.e. what I thought were clever comments, Bible verses, links to articles I’d just read or videos I’d just watched) in the hopes that a mere minute later, someone…anyone on my friends list would at least click that stinkin’ “Like” link and notice me!

Certainly I’ve posted about something I just received, watched, or experienced… wishing that someone would think along-side me, “Wow, that’s so great/cool/wonderful!” You know, that ol’ pat on the back.

Certainly I’ve posted to Facebook for the sole purpose of expressing bitterness about the weather, or disappointment about the outcome of an event I was looking forward to, etc. Surely someone would shake their fist with me at what God had ordained!

Certainly I’ve posted to Facebook because something took place or was said while spending time with family and/or friends that was simply too wonderful or epic to not share! We don’t have to consider the need for it, or care if the other party might at all be opposed to the sharing of such information.

And Cara’s last question, “Is it kind?”, is sadly I think a huge area of concern for Christians. And though I’ve tried to be exceedingly careful on this issue, I know I could dig back through the years recorded on my timeline and find something that would make me blush in shame. Kindness should never be a rare commodity in the online Christian community.

The bottom line is none of the aforementioned points to Jesus Christ. None of it reflects Him. I’m thankful for Cara’s encouraging us to consider these things more biblically. And it’s not as though we simply ought to. We must. Sure, none of us are capable of damaging God’s reputation beyond repair, but we Christians mustn’t be careless either! We are, after all, His ambassadors…and those with whom we interact are led to God by knowing us first. Our online life is just as meaningful to others and impactful as our lives are offline.

And now for my two cents. I know that in my meager realm of 200+ friends, I haven’t seen a fraction of what’s been published overall to Facebook (or any other social media), nor do I know anyone’s heart (as Cara also makes clear)…but I can just as well spot completely un-Christlike content. I want to ask a few questions in the hopes of stirring up this “thinking pot” even more.

1) How is your participation in social media productive for eternity? Do you encourage others to be more like Jesus Christ? Or is social media primarily a vehicle for you to talk about things that don’t ultimately matter, to only discuss the trivial matters of life? There’s room and time for play, but God always comes first. (Matthew 22:37-40)

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

2) Does what you say in online conversations criticize, mock, or outright slander others? Well, that’s what the Pharisees, Sanhedrin, and Romans did to our Christ! What happened to showing perfect courtesy to everyone at all times regardless of deserving or circumstances? (Titus 3:2)

to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

3) Are your posts possibly corrupting others? Indecent comments and pictures are a dime a dozen already online. Christians needn’t be adding to the mess. (Ephesians 4:29-30)

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

4) Are you complaining with your posts? We see it every day, but complaining clearly violates Scripture. Paul wrote Philippians from prison, but yet was rejoicing in the Lord!  (I Thessalonians 5:16, Philippians 4:4)

Rejoice always,

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

5) Do you participate in online debates to dominate others? Debating need not end with the inflating of your ego and the hurt of another. Quarreling doesn’t require much thought or effort, but choosing to not insist on the final word or to “be right” will go a long way for God’s kingdom. (Titus 3:9, II Timothy 2:23) 

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.

Surely you could think of other ungodly uses of Facebook, Twitter, etc, but I won’t go off the deep end. Social media really is just an extension of who you are. You use it either for self-serving purposes, or for others and God’s glory. It will either expose an idol in your heart, or demonstrate how the Lord has worked in your life. Let’s hope the pattern in both cases is the latter for all of us. And in general, don’t be afraid to ask yourself why you use social media. Why… in the moment that you are? The answer is important! Regardless of what we do [with social media] though (I Corinthians 10:31), let it all be for God’s glory.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

“Buzz” Verses

I praise God for the discipline He’s enabled me to have to read through the Bible every year since 2010. Yet I also don’t like an unfortunate habit I’ve noticed in myself [while reading] during each of those years (including 2014) that I wish to share, which by grace I’m trying to change now. Perhaps you can relate to missing a lot of what the Bible has to teach while you’re having face-to-face time with God, simply because your eyes and mind are so easily drawn to what I’ll refer to as buzz verses in this post.

There are so many of them. John 3:16 (the sure #1); Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 23:1,4; Psalm 46:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; and we could go blue in the face rattling off a thousand more.

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A wonderful verse, but not the ONLY one!

I want to bring attention to this subject because, a) you probably don’t think about it much (as I don’t), b) as a result of a, it’s probably not discussed much, and c) as a result of a and b, our walks with the Lord can suffer. That’s hardly to say we’re terrible Christians for it, or that the problem will prevent us from growing leaps and bounds in the faith. This is more a matter of fine-tuning. And since regular time in the word of God is a non-negotiable for all believers, this problem is worth our increased awareness. An effort to correct it I hope will yield spiritual dividends in the long haul.

It all boils down to the following straightforward concept that’s dawned on me as I’m using my 2014 reading plan. (And if you haven’t taken the opportunity to start using one, it’s certainly not too late!) Essentially, the next time you read Scripture, I encourage you to try to divorce your mind from knowing where you are in the actual act of reading. In other words, say John 3 is part of your face-to-face time. Instead of getting yourself caught up in knowing, “OK, here comes “For God so loved the world…”, allow me to suggest simply reading. That’s how Scripture was digested for millennia anyway since there weren’t chapter numbers, verse numbers, topical line breaks, etc. Those identifications aren’t divinely inspired. People put them in much later only to make referencing specific Scripture more universally practical.

Then, by simply reading (and let’s stick with John 3 here), you can benefit so much more and draw so much closer to God by paying closer to attention to everything He has to say in a given passage. Let’s take the conversation that occurs between Jesus and Nicodemus before what we identify as the sixteenth verse and before the narrative about John the Baptist. There’s plenty of good stuff to learn in 1-15, as Christ highlights Nicodemus’s (a Pharisee) failure to grasp God’s intended teaching in the books of Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel… which is sad because his fellow Jews look to him as an expert teacher of the Mosaic Law! At least the poor fellow managed to properly identify Jesus as sent from God, despite completely blowing it by wondering how a human was to possibly exit his mother’s womb a second time. This helps us as twenty-first century believers to understand the precious value of the Old Testament, seeing as Christ is constantly quoting from it in the gospels. John 3 is significantly more than a reference point that God sent Christ to be mankind’s Savior! And after you work through the conversation, then be careful that you don’t get caught by John 3:30, another buzz verse. John makes plenty of beautiful comments about our Messiah, and you can’t miss them simply because of his famously humble statement that his role in God’s kingdom pales in comparison to that of Jesus Christ!

An example from my own recent reading comes from Psalm 16. For those who said psalm is near and dear, you would likely know that “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” resides at the end of what David penned. I knew it would be there too because I saw it turning the page in my ESV study Bible, being curious how long Psalm 16 actually was, and the verse was highlighted as well. However, what a crying shame it would have been for me to miss verse 2, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” What a reminder that all my blessings come from God! Or even verse 4, “The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;”. A chilling comment teaching that every unbeliever will always be full of grief and never be satisfied apart from Jesus Christ! And yes I point out those specific verses, but of course there’s no less value in the other eight.

All this is to say that there’s plenty more [than what Christians typically point to as “familiar verses”] that God wants us to learn from. The Bible isn’t just a collection of buzz statements that we ought to live by anecdotally. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, there’s more than a lifetime’s worth of spiritual truth and principles to digest. We must treat all of it as important! Thus, the next time you read, do just that. Buzz verses are good and helpful, but never forget your God is in all of Scripture.

Can A Christian Be A Hardcore Gamer?

Like many other millennials, I grew up playing video games and have had plenty of experience with them across various platforms. What my generation calls “gaming” previously consumed a significant chunk of my time, money, and energy. To put that into perspective, I admit in the past to having logged over 30 days playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare over Xbox Live, and I started to do similarly with its direct sequel Modern Warfare 2. That could translate to sitting on the couch 24/7 for over thirty straight days playing the game. Don’t worry, I agree that it was a colossal waste of time.

I got started here. What about you?

I share that personal information because with this blog piece I wish to answer the question… “Can a Christian be a hardcore gamer?” And I believe I’m in a position to effectively do just that. What is a “hardcore gamer”? This is purely subjective, but I think a general definition of “hardcore gamer” is someone who spends an inordinate amount of his/her free time, energy, and money on playing video games. If you play 20 or more hours per week, spend $100 or more per month, and are wiped out due to playing several consecutive sessions of a game online…that’s considerably “hardcore”. The finer details are debatable, but chances are you know if you’re a hardcore gamer or not.

I wouldn’t have written this had I not believed it is a serious issue for millennials who profess Jesus Christ. I do, and hope that what Christ has done to change my life in this very respect will serve as a challenge and encouragement to those who consider themselves “hardcore gamers”. Please don’t assume that I’m about to rant about how evil video games are, however. I actually believe there’s nothing wrong with Christians playing certain video games. But like any other secular entertainment, God calls us to approach with caution and discernment. Essentially, our conduct with video games should never resemble the world’s. That is, after all, a part of what it means to be “holy”.

I Peter 1:16
since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

To bluntly answer the question I posed earlier, “can a Christian be a hardcore gamer?”, I would say yes. I think a Christian can be a hardcore gamer just as much as a Christian can sleep in ’til noon every day, never spend time with believers outside of scheduled church services, or only talk about work and sports in conversation. Christians can choose to do these things and never respond to the truth that they’re manifestations of failing to truly follow Jesus Christ. But, and to stay on topic, I actually think the more important question is, “should a Christian be a hardcore gamer?” And to that I would offer a humble, resounding “No!”

And now I will gladly answer the question that is perhaps in your head, “Why not?”. Out of the many reasons that could be used to support my argument, below is a list of five that you should consider seriously. This isn’t a subject matter that should be handled carelessly.

Why should a Christian not be a hardcore gamer?…

Because video games in general…
1) are created by unbelievers for the entertainment of unbelievers.
Video game developers never create their experiences with Christians in mind. They aren’t interested in encouraging those who follow Jesus Christ to love and good works, and the content of their products proves this all the time. Such video games are no different than the racy TV sitcoms and filthy movies that feature crude joking, immodesty, sexual rebellion, and so forth. Yet since unbelievers are entertained by all that, the unbelievers that create their video games include it as part of the content. There are games appropriate for Christians (those who star Nintendo’s flagship mascot Mario come to mind), but these are far and few in-between. If you’re reading, profess Christ, and play games like Grand Theft Auto, I implore you to stop NOW.

Acceptable.

Unacceptable!

Scripture: Ephesians 5:11
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Take-away: Christians must call out sinful video games for what they are, not play them!

2) require hours upon hours of your life in order to meet their various objectives.
I think it is shameful that when believers you associate with are in need of encouragement and fellowship, or when so many lost souls exist, that Christians would have the audacity to exchange the time that could be used to be a blessing to those peoples in favor of reaching the next objective in the latest and greatest first-person shooter or MMORPG. (That’s “massively-multiplayer online role-playing game” for the uninformed.) Fellow Christians, it is imperative that we use our time for the Lord and His work, not for satisfying our selfish ambitions in fictional worlds. Make your life count, and fight for the kingdom that will actually exist! God wants spiritual, not secular soldiers. So, I strongly suggest avoiding games that eat the hours away, whatever they may be, altogether.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-16
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days evil.

Take-away: Christians must avoid having their time dominated by worldly pleasures (i.e. hardcore gaming)!

3) glorify grotesque violence, sexual immorality, profanity, and basically every other sin.
If as a Christian your aim is to not speak profanely, have sex with someone other than your spouse, or brutally murder a fellow human being in real life, what makes it somehow acceptable to do so in a virtual environment? Interacting with pixels doesn’t all of a sudden make imitating sinful acts a matter of innocence. And don’t be fooled; such video games will influence your thinking. Listening to video game voice acting that drops every cuss word in the dictionary should not be thought of as fun or funny. Watching virtual video game characters engage in sexual acts (i.e. pornography) should not be thought of as fun or funny. Ripping virtual video game characters to shreds should not be thought of as fun or funny. Catching my drift?… Sadly, video games with all those things and more exist, and every Christian should avoid them.

This series just about has it all.

Scripture: III John 11
Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Take-away: Christians must not imitate or observe sinful behavior in video games!

4) prevent you from engaging in real one-on-one relationships.
Using voice chat while playing a video game online doesn’t count as a relationship. Feel free to disagree, but it’s just not. This is really a no-brainer. Investing time, energy, and money into a video game means that same time, energy, and money isn’t being used to develop a real, meaningful relationship with a believer or unbeliever. Again, I’m not suggesting that all video game playing is wasteful, but it very easily and quickly can be. Would Jesus Christ be pleased if the majority of your life was spent in front of a TV with controller in hand? Of course not. His commission is to go to the nations and make disciples of Him. How are you accomplishing that by racking up a meaningless reputation in an online game, or making it your life’s aim to be a video game completionist?

Scripture: John 13:35
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Take-away: Christians must develop face-to-face relationships with other followers of Christ, and non-followers! Video games do not facilitate this!

5) are expensive.
Most new video games release at $60 a pop. The platforms they’re played on (handheld or console) are usually $300-500 at launch. Controllers for consoles are typically $50-60 a pop. That isn’t monetarily insignificant. You’ll easily spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars if you insist on experiencing every AAA title at minimum. Do I really have to point out the foolishness of this? Instead of being a financial blessing to your church, to global missions, to your family, etc, why are you forking over cash that you spent hours earning to employees of video game developers and publishers that will never lift a finger to further the mission of Jesus Christ? Newsflash: God didn’t give you money to perpetually improve the financials of companies that pursue ungodly endeavors. Plus, don’t you think that such asking prices of these virtual experiences is altogether insane? How about that the same new game you just bought lost the majority of its value simply because you removed the factory shrink wrap? How ridiculous! You can have fun in much cheaper ways!

Scripture: I Corinthians 4:2
Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

Take-away: Christians must not invest in worldly pleasures and endeavors that will be of no eternal value!

The Lord enabled me to make a very difficult decision along these lines only a few years ago. He used my wonderful wife in part to help make that happen. For years I loved spending many hours and dollars playing video games. I was a hardcore gamer. I loved the industry. I loved the competitive element. Thanks be to God, I’ve left all that behind. That’s not to say that I don’t love playing video games anymore; I do. It’s just limited now to my smartphone and/or tablet, at least on an individual basis. I’ve also enjoyed playing Mario Galaxy with my dear Christine. It’s also great that mobile gaming is a lot cheaper, and requires much less time to enjoy. But even then, I don’t spend much time engaging in it because I’m far too busy concentrating on other things of spiritual value. I also usually wait until games I’m interested in are heavily discounted in the Google Play Store before purchasing them. And in all this, I believe I’m glorifying Jesus Christ so much more, and doing so much more to obey Him and advance His kingdom. I don’t ever intend to return to the entertainment habits that once characterized my life for over a decade. Do I miss it? Sure. Do I sometimes want to return? You bet. Do I believe I’ve made the right decision that most honors the Lord? Absolutely!

My fellow Christian millennials, I pray that you’ll think long and hard about this if you’re a “hardcore gamer”. Are you willing to put the controller down, possibly away forever, if it would mean being a significantly more effective disciple of the Christ you claim? Or do you think it is OK to be a Christian and hardcore gamer at the same time? What do you think of my points? Just remember that in the end, regardless of what you do…it is all to be done for the glory of God.