Carey Lewis Devotions
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:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-wealth/201609/is-your-childs-brain-video-games

* A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2014/08/27/a-surprising-new-study-on-how-video-games-impact-children/#6b5352c17556

* Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?
https://videogames.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001608

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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