Tuesday, December 12, 2006

No War Toys for the Prince of Peace

This Christmas Eve Christian families will attend worship services to give praise and glory to the birth of the Prince of Peace. They'll light candles and sing "Silent Night, Holy Night." Then they'll tuck their children in bed and perhaps for just a moment there will be peace in their family.

And then Christmas morning those kids will jump out of bed and tear open countless presents wrapped in pretty paper and bows and squeal with delight over their treasures. I can't help but wonder how many of those presents will contain GI Joe and little green soldiers. All to the glory of the Prince of Peace.

The most insidious of war toys that will be given this year, however, is produced by Christians, for Christians. "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" is a video game produced by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The game is described on http://amazon.com as "the ultimate fight of Good against Evil, commanding Tribulation Forces or the Global Community Peacekeepers, and uncover the truth about the worldwide disappearances! Wage a war of apocalyptic proportions and decide the fate of the world!"

Why is it that the only way Christians like LaHaye and his followers can envision saving the world is with bombs?

We need to foster understanding between the world's faiths now more than ever. But some good Christian kids will spend Christmas day gunning down nonbelievers.

Along the way, players will uncover ancient hidden scriptures. I suggest they start out with an ancient scripture that isn't hidden at all. You can easily find it in any bible at Isaiah 2:4b

They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

Please, do not purchase war toys for the Prince of Peace.

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