An event a few weeks ago at school got me thinking about things we enjoy. When you consider 1 cor 13:6 what does Paul mean about rejoicing in wrong? How far can one “enjoy things that are wrong”? Where do lines get drawn when it comes to violence?
committing violence against people?
cheering the protagonist on as he/she kills their way out of a ‘desperate’ situation?
acting out violence against people in video game?
playing a part in violence against people?
A student brought in an airsoft gun that was given to another student to act out violence to another person. The metal ‘toy’ gun looked like a pocket-able handgun, and very bothersome to me, the orange tip was cut off and painted over black. This ‘toy’ was modified to make the play more realistic.
As I raise my children where do I draw my lines? Playing war games on-screen or simulated with plastic pellets or bits of paint? What about dodge ball? Can they play doctor? What if they want to play abortion clinic? Should I be concerned?
If I really believe we have been created in image of God (imago Dei) I need to have, and develop in my children, a deep respect for people and life. Now the hard part is how that gets translated to their minds and hearts.