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Last Sunday I shared about the potential problems caused by mobile games addiction. Foremost is, it will take away our children’s love for God and His Word and instead are hooked in mobile gaming. As Christian parents we cannot allow our children to be crazy on this subtle techniques of Satan to lure people away from Jesus Christ. Christian children should not make themselves dependent on this worldly mobile gaming. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15–17). Let us pray and act on what the Bible says we must do in order to keep our children from the traps of Satan. – Bro Jose
Mobile Games: Good or Bad? (2 of 2)
Mobile Games and the Bible
The Bible may not be explicitly teaching against mobile games but there are principles which tell why and how should we stop this modern craze. The Word of God is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Parental reminders can only be effective to children only if these are based on the perfectly inerrant and infallible Word. Thus Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:14–17, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Parents must know it is important for us to discipline our children. Those who are into these mobile games must be told to stop right away. If they are found disobeying the parents and the Lord’s commands, they must be dealt with accordingly. It is far more important to see them temporarily hurt than to suffer the consequences later in life or worse, for eternity. As parents, we must first please the Lord than be at peace with our children. We must not grieve the Holy Spirit indwelling in us by giving in to the fleshly desires of our children.
This was demonstrated in the life of Eli, the High Priest, in the period of the Judges. God was displeased with him for he knew of the sins of his sons but did not control them. The LORD told him through a messenger, “Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:29–30).
The Bible reminds parents how we must continually attend to the spiritual life of our children which is the foremost role we must do. We must not be too naïve to think internet games are harmless to children. We must see for ourselves whether our children are walking closer with the Lord. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4–9).
Moreover, the Book of Proverbs clearly instructs, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying” (Proverbs 19:18). Again, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). Also, “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:13–14).
Thus the Word of God instructs the parents that they should train their children in the ways of the Lord. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Paul says in Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”. He reiterates this in Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Not only fathers but especially the mothers, “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:3–5).
The Lord Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to let the children go to Him and not to inhibit them. “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Allowing our children to be hooked in mobile games prohibits them to attend the things of the Lord. We must be responsible in bringing them to the Lord Jesus Christ. We must teach them how to pray always and let them not play mobile games all the time. We must encourage them to be in the Word rather than be mesmerized by the fads of the world, or else they will reach to a point of no return where they will sooner or later leave the church and the faith.
Let us not be like Lot who although vexed with the filthy lifestyle of the wicked men in his time did not warn his own children. Not until the time that the Lord had to judge Sodom and Gomorrah did he try to witness. “And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law” (Genesis 19:14). If we will not stand for the Lord and rebuke our children at an early stage, we will find ourselves ridiculed.
The wiles of the devil in these last of the last days are very subtle and deceptive. If parents are not sincerely attending to the spiritual needs of their children, they will likely become victims of the onslaught of Satan through mobile games. It is established in this short essay that mobile games are destructive to the children especially of Christian parents. Internet games will not only cause them to be violent and trap children to internet addiction. This addiction will take away their interests to the things of God. Their urge to play the mobile games will cause them to rebel and disobey their parents. This is one of the sins to manifest in this perilous end-times.
The human responsibility as parents must be to discipline our children. We must rebuke in order to set our children apart from being sucked into the whirlpool of mobile games addiction. This may inflict them physically but it will be for the good of their spiritual life. Above all, it is required of us parents to be sincerely committed to teach our children with the pure Word of God. This is the only hope for our children to be converted and strengthened in their faith that they may continue to have hope in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. If we disregard our God-given duties and responsibilities to train our children using the Word of God to lead them to Christ, there will come a time that we cannot do anything but to weep over them. – Bro Jose.
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