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August 30, 2013

Legalism, and Why I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Game

EDIT: Doh! The title was free of any typos the first time around. Why did I change it? Alas......

Hello everybody! I decided to touch up on a little subject which has become very personal to me this year.

Last year this time, my blog was very legalistic, and any room for dissenting opinions caused me to try and convince other people of why I'm correct, why these games should never be played, and so on.

This continued all the way up until this year's BioShock Infinite Areas of Concern. Let's just say that there was a huge conflict between what I felt the game should receive, verdict wise, and what I should give it, according to the site's principles.

That day, I decided to judge based on what I felt as opposed to what the blog's rules said. And after I was done, I removed those rules entirely.

You see, the thing was is that we were part of a ministry. (I'll keep it unnamed.) Whilst the ministry had a strong beginning, and it was a powerhouse for Christ, there always was a vague sense of Legalism. (What I mean is that they were very rule bound instead of Christ-bound, even though they promoted his Word in wonderful ways.)

That Legalism would eventually escalate with something very minor. I'll give you a hint: It was about what you may or may not eat according to the Old Testament, even though Jesus said that what goes into a man doesn't defile him. (rather, what goes out of a man, defiles him.)

Is this worth dissing an entire ministry over? Of course not, but it didn't end there.

This year we became part of the ministry again, even though my father felt something was off.

To cut a long story short, things became fully legalistic, and so we left the ministry once again......this month.

Yes, this is all still very fresh, but I'm glad we made this decision. In fact, I've also recently re-tested my boundaries. I started playing Dead Space 1, and I really like it. Even though it is grotesque, and I may change my mind later on, but it still is a very compelling and challenging game.

Not one I recommend for everybody, just for your information.....

But anyways, back to the subject: So after all of this, I've become much more relaxed about the games I judge. I'm even considering making a major change to the verdicts, but that will be announced in the coming weeks.

However, I want to make something very clear: I do not condone you playing every single game that you want to and not being aware of the content therein, or making baseless excuses for why you can play it.

This site is about trying to give you the proper instruments necessary to help you decide whether or not to buy a select game. The decision is yours, but remember: Take it Jesus first. Always. No matter which verdict I give it, you still have to stand before his throne.

Sometimes, a game I ban might not be harmful for you. Other times, it may be. I don't know how it will affect you, so the decision is your own. Just be aware of the content before you go out buying games.

The verdict is a guide. Nothing more, nothing less. And since I'm free of legalism, you really don't have to feel paranoid to share your opinion of you disagree.

So there you go, I just wanted to share another short tidbit of why I do what I do. I hope you enjoyed the read. See you next week with another Areas of Concern!

God bless.

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