July 11, 2016


By: Curtis Mittendorf [Sioux Falls, SD]

Video games have gone from a nerdy kids’ pastime to a mainline source of entertainment.

I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to hold a controller. Gaming has always been a hobby; and now, as a youth leader, I use it as a connection point with my youth group.

All who make idols are nothing,
and the things they treasure are worthless.
Isaiah 44:9 (NIV)

Gamers can sit in front of the TV for hours trying to find the hidden sword of destiny or to beat their fastest time. Gaming is fun, but at what point does it cease to be a hobby and start to become an addiction?


Human beings are prone to excess, especially with things that make us feel good in the short term. Anything can become an addiction when it takes the place of what is good for us in the long term. When an addiction becomes more important than God, it is idolatry, a sin. As Christians, let’s try to be conscious of when our activities begin to move from fun to excess and especially toward idolatry.

If you feel that something in your life has taken the place of God, pray this prayer: Lord God, I admit that I have made something of this world more important than you. Forgive me, and help me to recognize the sin of idolatry before it takes hold in my life again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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