Christianity, Video Games, and Decency

1 03 2012

I don’t stray into serious stuff on this blog much, it’s pretty much a happy-go-lucky kind of blog; it also serves as a face for me as I am a public figure as the head of Studio Happy Chicken and as a film director, and I think most public figures involved in the entertainment industry and best enjoyed when they keep their mouths shut.  But something has been grinding on me for a while, nagging at me like an annoying itch brought on by a mosquito that somehow bit me in the night.  So before I continue on, let me open my mouth and make a personal statement:

I am a Christian.

As a Christian, I find more than disturbing the free for all that I see on a daily basis on the internet and in the media mocking Christianity.  You don’t see people attacking the Jewish faith.  You don’t see people mocking Muslims or Hindus, or Taoists, or Buddhists.  But when it comes to Christians, people seem to feel like it’s game on.  I really don’t get that.

In my life, I have read the Bible cover to cover, and I like to think I have a firm understanding of the message behind it.  I believe that it was written by man; but I believe those men were divinely inspired.  Being a Christian has given me a strong base that fuels my sense of right and wrong, decency, understanding, tolerance, and most importantly forgiveness.  These are all wonderful things, and I really don’t understand why they should be mocked.

Although I believe that there is a heaven, and only one true way to get there, I also feel that Jesus has shown by example to not judge others or treat people harshly because they don’t believe what you do.  I don’t recall Jesus going around bashing people over the heads with the message that He was the way, the truth, and the light.  He simply said, “This is how it is, and if you choose not to believe it, it’s on you” (I’m paraphrasing).  That seems like a pretty fair deal.  I didn’t read about him yelling at people, or protesting.  I don’t recall him blowing things up or ridiculing people for their beliefs.  If anything, practiced correctly, Christianity is one of the most understanding, mild-mannered religions out there.  It allows believers to hold a strong conviction while encouraging them to be giving and kind to all those around them, regardless.

As the internet has become more and more ingrained into our daily lives, I see message after message, post after post from Atheists, Agnostics, and various other non-Christens filled with venom, spitting hatred toward what I believe.  It seems like a great many people like to rub their opinions in our Christian faces, much like a collective Scott Farkus from the film A Christmas Story.  I can’t fathom how people find such joy in being mean to others.  It really blows my mind.  I see movies and TV painting a target on my religion… it’s like they find so much glee in tearing it down simply because we believe different thing, and it seems to be exclusively American entertainment that does it.  The last time I checked, America was founded on freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

Now it seems the mockery has spilled over into my favorite hobby, video games.  I read a report today that Nintendo has decided not to publish the game The Binding of Isaac on their Nintendo 3DS.  One of the theories on why they made their decision is that the story behind the game has “religious overtones.”  Here’s what they’re talking about:

After watching that, I think that saying the game has “religious overtones” is being more politically correct than this game deserves.  It’s outwardly mocking my faith.  It’s calling Christians murdering loonies.  Now, as I said before, my faith teaches tolerance, so I’m not going to jump up and down screaming that people shouldn’t be allowed to play this game and demand that the makers issue and apology and undergo some faith based sensitivity training.  I think that people should have the ability to make the decision to play it, and by doing so support the company who made it.  But having seen this, I will make my own choice not to play the game and will never support a product produced by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl.  Just as people have the right to indulge, so do I have the right to not indulge.

I find it so incredibly sad, heart wrenching, really, that you hear about so many groups screaming for tolerance, yet not affording other groups the same.  It seems like the spirit of decency has left America.  I would like to believe that it hasn’t, but I find more and more evidence that this isn’t so.  Maybe that’s why I like classic film and retro video games so much.  Watching those and playing those, I never get the feeling that the people behind them had agendas.  Old movies seemed to be able to present faith in a way that was mild and uplifting.  They never hit you over the head with a message.  I never had to worry about gay marriage themes creeping into Phantasy Star or The Bard’s Tale.

Why can’t we all just be respectful of each other, and let the cards fall where they may?  Life’s too short, and at the end of it we’ll all find out who was right and who was wrong, regardless.  Whether you believe in the Bible or not, it does contain one very important principal that benefits everyone: treat others as you would want them to treat you.



2 responses

1 03 2012

Interesting article! I too see Christianity bashed often on the web.

Been lurking the site here and then, but this is my first comment! =]

Good site by the way. Although there aren’t numerous posts a day, they are all fun reads.

6 01 2013

I didn’t want to comment, but this is something that is grinding on me. Christians playing the victim.

“I never had to worry about gay marriage themes creeping into Phantasy Star or The Bard’s Tale.” uhm.. who’s not tolerant? Wallmart has a policy of only hiring christians. Indeed, they are practicing their christian tolerance. It’s incredible that christians want to play the victim, how quickly we forget about the gamut of groups carrying out terrible atrocities in the name of faith. (muslims included, historically though christians have killed more). Surely I don’t need to name them for you. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of christians don’t practice what jesus preached, instead opting for the first testament view of the world. Athiests have been persecuted constantly throughout history, your cries that christians are mocked is ridiculous, in a time when your president still says “god bless america”. You are a white christian male, you are in the most privileged group in the world. Please have some perspective.

Also, don’t you work in soft porn? Bible probably says thats ok, depending on which bit you read…

I do however agree with you on one point. Treat others as you would have them treat you, but really this can be discovered via simple logic.

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