Dare 2B Daring August 28, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“It’s definitely what I would consider an unreached people group.” – Rev. Matt Souza, pastor of GodSquad Church, speaking about “gamers”
For the record, the last video game I was semi-proficient at was Pong. I think Atari made it and the game was so simplistic – and easy to master – that you could set your “racquets” up, walk away for hours, and they would still continue to hit the on-screen tennis ball back and forth without missing a beat.
At age 58, I can’t be bothered with video games for two very good reasons. First, I stink at them. In fact, my 4-year old grandson Brady recently asked me to play “Splatoon” with him (I think that’s the name). Anyway, we started out sharing two controllers, with Brady doing the “painting” and me doing the jumping. Halfway through the game, however, Brady got frustrated with Papa’s incompetence and grabbed my controller, too. Needless to say, he won the game without my “help”.
The other reason why I don’t like playing video games is I still prefer the real thing. To me, it makes no sense playing virtual baseball, basketball or golf when I can go outside and enjoy the actual activity. Unless, of course, it’s raining, in which case watching the Golf Channel or napping on the couch still beats playing Super Mario.
But I have to tip my cap to Pastor Souza, who took a hobby and turned it into a ministry. By his own admission, Souza used to play video games seven hours per day in high school. Eventually, he came to realize that there were 2.6 billion other gamers out there, tens of thousands of which barricaded themselves in their homes in order to play by the hour…undisturbed.
And so, after graduating from Northpoint Bible College in Massachusetts, he launched an online church for gamers. Every Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, Souza preaches a sermon and hundreds of people tune in.
Not exactly my cup of tea, but something tells me that the Apostle Paul would approve of such an innovative technique. After all, he wrote in I Corinthians 9 that he became “all things to all men that by all possible means I might reach some.” I have to believe that includes modern-day gamers.
What hobby or special talent do you have that God might want to turn into a ministry?
//“…and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews…”// I Corinthians 9:20 (NKJV)