Games Promoting Deceit?

May 16, 2013

Friend,
I believe it commendable that your conscience is sensitive to anything that could displease the Lord. I agree with you that you should not play that game or even go to the party, particularly because, although you may be able to be a witness for holiness, they may try to tempt you to play that specific game with them; and to put oneself in a position of possible temptation is not wise. Certainly, role-playing a liar is wicked. Such a game is, in effect, teaching people to practice lying (something God hates) so that they can become skilled at deceiving people. God’s wrath comes on deceivers (see Scripture verses quoted below), so why would any Christian want anything to do with deceit?

Though many board games, in themselves, are not sinful, I’d encourage you to ask the Lord about the attitude that game-playing fosters. Why would a bunch of Christian men be playing board games? Even action games give exercise to the body and so can be beneficial. But board games? If your friends are needing brain-stimulation, or ways to get to know each other better, there are much more Christ-exalting ways to do both.

Why are these (supposedly) “Christian” men not giving sermons to each other, critiquing each other, exhorting and encouraging each other to become ever-increasingly proficient at teaching the Word of God, and going out together to evangelize on the streets, help in homeless shelters, or mow (for free) the lawns of the sick or elderly? Are they not thinking about how we all will answer to God on Judgement Day for our time? –For how we spent each moment? Sure, God commands us to rest and relax as well as work, but we all should evaluate the time we spend obeying Jesus’ command to further His Gospel (everywhere He commands) compared to time spent playing.

Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:19,20) How exactly are these “Christian” men doing that? The attitude of, “Oh, I do friendship evangelism” doesn’t cut it. We are told to speak, teach, exhort, rebuke, and edify nonbelievers as well as believers, and to keep ourselves separate unto purity. (1 Tim. 5:20-22 // 2 Tim. 3:16-4:5) We are not told to hang out with unholy, pleasure-seeking people and hope our wonderful behavior, void of words, will influence them to follow Jesus. If the Lord does tell us to use this approach with someone in particular, then that is the exception, not the rule. And most certainly it will be someone we’ve spoken to numerous times in the past about the Lord, and one whom we are praying for regularly as we await the day he will listen again –genuinely. But even so, there should be others to whom we are regularly bringing and teaching and preaching and sharing the Gospel.

Another thing: On the matter of making judgements. Our judgement calls should be made without any fear of society’s scrutiny. (Pr. 29:25 // 1 Thes. 2:4,6) We make judgements all the time, and God’s Word tells us how to do so. It tells us to make right judgements –not based on superiority, nor on appearances, but on the Spirit, the Wisdom, and the Truth given to us in the Word of God. (Matt. 7:1-6 // John 7:24 // Rom. 2:2 // 1 Cor. 5:3,12,13 // 1 John 2:20-27) Moreover we are cautioned to be careful that anything we require of others we are, ourselves, adhering to (Rom. 2:1-3), and by having removed the plank from our own eye, have obtained correct insight on how to help others remove theirs. (Matt. 7:5)

I find it commendable that you did research on that new game being introduced and have wisely chosen to opt out. However, for the other “Christian” men who may think that it’s okay to play a game that teaches and exalts deception, here are some rebukes from God’s Word to consider concerning those who practice deceit:

Rev. 21:27 ~~ “Nothing impure will ever enter it [the Eternal Holy City], nor anyone who does what is abhorrent or deceitful, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

1 Peter 2:1 ~~ “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”

Rom. 1:18,29 ~~ “The wrath of God is being revealed… against all [those who are]… filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice…deceit…”

Mark 7:20-23 ~~ “And He [Jesus] said, ‘What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Ps. 5:6 ~~ “You [LORD] destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the violent and deceitful man.”

Ps. 26:4 ~~ “I do not associate with deceitful men, or consort with those who are dishonest.”

Ps. 52:1-5 ~~ “Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? God’s loyal love protects me all the day long. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. You love all words that devour [others], O deceitful tongue. Yet God will tear you down to everlasting ruin; He will scoop you up and tear you from your tent; He will uproot you from the land of the living.”

Ps. 119:29 ~~ “Keep me from the path of deceit [O LORD, and] graciously teach me Your law.”

Hosea 10:2-6 ~~ “Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will demolish their altars and destroy their pillars… They utter empty words; with deceitful oaths they make useless treaties.. Therefore judgement springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field… [The people tremble and mourn over the departed splendor of their idols]… [so] Ephraim shall be disgraced, and Israel shall be ashamed of his schemes.”

Micah 6:9 ~~ “Listen! The voice of the LORD is calling to the city –and to fear Your name [Your authority] is wisdom– ‘Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. Will I continue to overlook, O wicked house, the dishonest gain you have hoarded away, or the smaller-than-standard measure that is accursed? Shall I acquit a man with rigged scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I make you sick, striking you brutally and ruining you because of your sins.'”

God’s Word is very clear about God’s wrath against all who practice deceit. May we keep ourselves far from them and what they practice, even if they practice it “just for fun”.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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