I had a very active weekend. I went boxing and ten pin bowling, played baseball and golf (not simultaneously). For those who are impressed I should confess that this was all on our Nintendo Wii. It was the first games console in which the game interprets the players’ movements with their controllers into movement on the screen. Gone are the days when button presses had to represent movement – do any of you remember ‘Decathlon’ where we used to pound the buttons mercilessly in order to make Daley Thompson run faster, jump further and higher, throw further? It was a leap forward (literally) from Space Invaders.
Today my arm is aching from over-exuberant jabs and hooks, attempts at scoring strikes, pitches and home run hits, and swings. Yes, it serves me right. Yes, I am over competitive. Yes, it was good fun.
Computer games are getting more and more realistic. So much so that it is possible to immerse yourself in virtual reality and possibly lose yourself there.
Is it possible that we are doing a similar thing in our churches? Are we simulating the real world with Christian music, Christian computer games, Christian dating, and yes, even Christian socks (seriously!!??). And by immersing ourselves in this virtual world are we in danger of losing ourselves there and forgetting the calling of Jesus to be salt and light in the ‘real’ world?
Be blessed, be a blessing.