There’s a really interesting article I read today that brings up the question of Christians playing violent video games, which is especially poignant now as Grand Theft Auto IV has been released to critical acclaim. This game is being played by millions of people, and undoubtedly many of them are Christians. Some might say, "It’s no big deal. It’s not real, it’s only a video game." But,
We evangelicals are pretty sure we can commit adultery in our hearts,
and we seem to agree that viewing pornography makes us guilty of that
heart kind of adultery. If viewing pornography (which isn’t a real
affair, after all) makes us adulterers, then doesn’t killing someone in
a video game (which isn’t a real crime, after all) make us murderers?
It’s a good point, and there’s an interesting discussion brewing. What do you think? Is Jesus’ teaching on murder in the heart applicable here, or is this no big deal?