Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Hot Topics... Video Games
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'I am against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare My people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting My people free like birds set free from a cage.'
Ezekiel 13:20 (NLT)
I confess disliking video games and said no grandchild of mine would get hooked. Ugg. If Satan's smiling, then I am not. The wrong fisherman is catching children.
Here's the thing:
For lots of kids in developed nations, smart phones have become portable nannies: stilling and silencing rowdy children.
But to me, the games seem to enchant them. Breaking these 'spells' and retrieving our phones is like taking a sword from Goliath.
Here's the next thing:
Some moms are too busy to teach manners, respect or appropriate behavior. Maybe so, but video games should not become their tutors or pacifiers.
Here's the last thing:
Violent video games have been linked to (subsequently) violent actions, even to the background of school shooters.*
Consider explaining to your children how video games can affect their minds, and how real life will always teach them more. If they're as wise as many kids I know, I believe they'll understand and agree... at least a little :)
## Hot Topics: Video Games (Part 72)
* Opinions vary on the effect of video games. Some articles to consider are below. (But if brainwashing didn't work, cruel captors wouldn't waste their time.)
* This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games:
* A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children:
* Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.