The Independent today reports that “Evangelical Christian groups in the US have seized on an unlikely recruiting tool to attract teenagers to the church: a violent, shoot-’em-up video game.
“Church groups across the country are increasingly holding special ‘Halo’ gaming nights for youngsters, tapping into the phenomenal success of the Microsoft Xbox video game series …
Jane Dratz, of teen out-reach mission Dare 2 Share, says the game can also be used to stimulate debate. ‘Halo is all about saving the galaxy from an invading force of aliens,’ she wrote on the organisation’s blog. ‘… Saving the world is Jesus’ mission and message.’”
“Dratz” - sounds like an alien herself. But she’s right: I always thought that our Lord made a huge strategic mistake when he didn’t take up Satan’s offer of all the kingdoms of this world, nor rectify it at the cross by failing to call on that army of angels to zap his enemies. And “an invading force of aliens” - wouldn’t suggest migrants ’swamping’ our countries, taking our jobs, stealing our women, and polluting the gene pool, now would it?
Mind, the Independent continues: “The use of the game as a recruiting tool is vehemently opposed by some Christians. ‘If you want to connect with young teenage boys and drag them into church, free alcohol and pornographic movies would do it,’ James Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The New York Times.”
Now there’s an idea! I wonder if I can spin it to my Elders Meeting tonight.