Of Mammon and the Rapture
Convert or Kill: Violent Left Behind Video Game Prompts Controversy
I wish to God I was making this up. What would be the response of fundementalist christianists if Walmart carried a video game along the following fictitious lines:
Holy Jihad: Caliph Edition
Campaign for the prophet Mohammed (not depicted) to spread Islam to the world. Enhance Allah's Kingdom by spreading the Quran using persuasion if necessary, the sword if all else fails. Remember, we're in a battle against the forces of Shaitan.
Sounds crazy, right? Well, the Christianists will now have their own real time strategy game where we fight to spread the faith. Because you know, Age of Empires has just waaaay too much gratutious sex and nudity.
What's next? Allow me to hypothesize.
Left Behind, Prequel Edition "As the Rapture approaches, take the culture war to the streets. Organize your neighbors for the Marriage Amendment and to get that pesky gay couple to move out of the neighborhood. Petition the town council to exclude any stores that sell FHM or Maxim from the community. Picket soldier's funerals with the message of God's judgment on American liberals. Look for the Eric Rudolph Expansion Pack in the Fall (The Fall of man, of culture, of the decadent American church? We don't know which, but remember, fire and brimstone always sell better to the faithful than do grace, hope and love)." © (see note)
Yet another example of Christians accepting flimsy variants of popular cultural modes in an attempt to keep our young people from engaging troubling concepts, rather choosing to brainwash them to Christianist viewpoints. And a disturbing cultural trend within the church to accept media depiction of violence, any violence, if it's for a cause with which we may sympathize (or not sympathize, such as is this Author's view), when we want to reject any truly relevant artistic or literary expression because of themes that are just as valid, but more troubling, such as themes of sex or profanity (remember you don't read any of those in the Bible). Violence though appears to be 100% Grade A Christianist approved.
Copyright Notice: Plot line and all elements not copyrighted Lahaye and Jenkins reserved to the author, because I'm afraid if the wrong people come across this post, we may very well see something in this vein shortly. If you think I'm kidding, read the description of the LBH game and tell me this is too far fetched.