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October 07, 2016

What We Believe: Sexual Content (KVR Fridays)

Title immediately captured your attention, didn't it? Well, for good reason, as this is a very important (and very divisive) issue, especially amongst Christians. Nevertheless, we're not going to try and build Rome. We're just going to give you a few of our (or Kyle's) beliefs on the subject and leave you to debate the rest.

Welcome to What We Believe, a short little series where we explore our beliefs about certain areas of content in video games. Last week, we took a look at Violence in games, now we'll be taking a look at sexual content.

Not as prevalent as violence, due to the latter being the lifeblood (no pun intended) of most video games and shooters specifically, sexual content is nonetheless very common in modern games. The Grand Theft Auto series was well-known for giving players the ability to hire prostitutes starting in the third instalment, and summarily gun them down afterwards if so desired. (And doing either was purely optional, might I add.)

Countless other games feature suggestive themes, besides the infamous GTA series, like Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fallout, Super Mario Bros (just kidding), The Witcher (really not kidding), and so forth.

Par for the course, these scenes are usually placed in the specified games for the viewing pleasure of gamers, and not to make any meaningful statements. Now, I'm sure the boot-knocking in Mass Effect was somewhat slightly meaningful in some small percentage of a tiny way, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the romances players form are still just really awkward and not in the least bit deep and real.

The greatest love story I've seen in a game is that of Jenny and whatever-his-name-is in The Darkness. Players only see the two cuddling up and watching a movie, no sex, and yet it feels real because nothing about it is forced or played for "teh lulz" as sex usually is in contemporary media.

You see, my greatest problem with sex in games and other forms of entertainment is that it's used as means of exploiting one's natural urges against you to stay invested in a story. Sex is the most intense desire that any human being has. End of story. As such, one should be careful how you view its depictions in media, as the subconscious loves absorbing all kinds of weird and kinky scenes and then playing them back to you in the worst situation. (Namely when one has to pray in Church, for example.)

The brain is made up of the conscious and the subconscious. The latter cannot be controlled. It can only be moderated. The sex drive is based on adaptation. What you put in, you get out. Rubbish in, rubbish out. Jesus into your mind, Jesus out in your actions.

A bit jumbled, I know, but that's the best I can explain it. We have to be ever vigilante in our choices when it comes to sex, namely in our discussions, viewing choices, or relationship decisions. God reserved sex for the marriage. It's not a very popular view amongst contemporary Christians, but it's one supported by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7.

Additionally, there is no such thing as "safe sex". Contraceptives don't work 100%. The only permanent solution is to be "neutered", and that doesn't stop you from still gaining STDs and so forth. Lifestyle decisions should be made wisely. Always.

You can't expect to sleep around and not have leave some kind of an imprint on you, be it spiritually, emotionally or physically.

Wow, okay, that was a preach I didn't expect to give. But still, it's where my heart is. I see a lot of young people my age jumping into bed with multiple partners, forming relationships based around all the wrong things, and getting deeply, tragically heart, and then blaming God for their pain. (A place where I'm especially guilty, after making an incredibly poor relationship decision back in 2014.)

Move wisely, people. You can't undo a sexual tryst. What's done is done. But the good news is, sexually pure or not, we always have Jesus on our side. He will make you pure and Holy, in His spirit and His spirit alone.

Don't be ashamed anymore, come to Christ and let Him work through you. All of us struggle with sin on a daily basis. There is no sin too great for Him to forgive.

Thank you very much for tuning in to read this article. I hope you don't feel condemned or judged. That is not my intention at all. Feel free to communicate how you feel on this subject. I welcome all who want to engage in conversation surrounding this issue.

Where two or more are gathered together in the name of Jesus to discuss a subject, He is in our midst and He will correct us. In His name alone, Amen.

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