Finding God in the World of Video Games has been our labor of love, blending our personal appreciation for the medium of video games with our heartfelt desire to reach this generation with the Gospel of Christ. The mission of our weekly articles and videos is to encourage both Christians and non-believers alike of the relevance and necessity of a daily, personal walk with Jesus Christ while challenging some of our perspectives, long-held perceptions. and pre-conceived notions along the way. (Also, in full disclosure, your enjoyment level will be slightly predicated on your ability to tolerate Taco Bell jokes and breakfast cereal references. A shared and mutual appreciation of the national treasure that is Keanu Reeves will go a LONG way as well.)
The world of gaming is an incredible way to experience an emotional journey, spend time with your family, or simply stay connected with friends around the world. It gives us a rich, common language that is shared across all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds in every walk of life. And the reality of God is so much more than what we often give Him credit for because our mortal minds struggle to comprehend Him. When walking the earth Jesus often used allegories and parables to help us understand the complex concepts of God, faith, and living this Christian life. And through our gaming anecdotes, favorite video game narratives, and our passion for all things “nerdy” we aim to uncover the deep truths of God in our day to day adventures in the vibrant world of gaming.
Speaking for myself, I have been working in the video game industry for almost twenty years and I’ve been an avid gamer since the fateful day my Dad came home with a great deal from a closing arcade on an Asteroids arcade cabinet many moons ago (He also came home with a Star Trek pinball machine that never, EVER worked, but that is a frustrating story for another time). I grew up studying and appreciating the Bible but, like many of us, struggled with living a life consistent with my beliefs. To be honest, I always believed in God and never doubted His existence, but I refused to loosen my stubborn grip on the controller of my own life. I was playing through this “Game of Life” without bothering to pick up or follow the strategy guide that comes with it. My misguided belief that I could make it through this journey believing in God without actually following or serving Him got me into more predicaments than I can list here. Thankfully, God never gave up on me, and despite my countless flaws and inexcusable failings over the years He has remained faithful to me and not only blessed me with my beautiful family but also granted me the gift of this project… to show people how to seek and find God in, of all places, the world of video games.
One day I was trying to encourage a friend to keep strong through a challenging period in their life. I shared a Bible story that the Lord had placed on my heart that I believed would give them strength through their storm. Unfortunately, they were not a believer and had no point of reference to understand the context or principle of the portion of Scripture I was sharing with them. But we DID share a passion for gaming, and God brought an example to my mind that helped me frame the Biblical concept through a gaming narrative that we both knew very well. After we had talked through their situation and prayed together, they told me that they had never really thought about the Bible in this way. That conversation became one of my very first written blogs, “When God Needed a Hitman – Living Up to the Assassin’s Creed”, and from that humble beginning we have been writing and sharing ever since.
By posting anonymously under the name “Finding God in the World of Video Games” we attempt to keep the focus purely on combining our personal adventures in the world of gaming with the messages that the Lord places into our hearts each week. In late 2019 my wife began utilizing social media in our attempt to share what God has placed in our hearts with as many people as possible, and together we also started recording our blogs in a video format as another critical part of our mission to reach everyone we can with the message.
It is our prayer that these articles and videos inspire our readers and viewers to see the eternal wisdom of God in a modern light and provide hope and encouragement in a world that is overflowing with negativity, darkness, and suffering. Along the way we hope we can make others laugh, think, and reflect while exploring the mysteries of Christ from a different point of view than they may have considered before.
We hope you will join us as we all share this journey together in the wild world of gaming and this open-world adventure we call life! Please share us freely with anyone you believe would enjoy or appreciate our articles!