Pokemon is a very popular game with a huge following worldwide. Both children and adults love this game. Pokemon has been around since 1996. In 2016 Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game was launched and fans were overjoyed.
“Accept him whose faith is weak without passing judgment on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls so then each of us will give an account of himself to God, so whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22)
Now, should a Christian play Pokemon Go? The decision whether this is an appropriate game for your kids to play or not depends on each family. As long as you don’t let anything hinder your spirituality, it poses no great threat. Reminding your kids to take a break from electronic gadgets and to play sparingly is necessary. It’s important for people to do research and assess for themselves if something is appropriate or not.
Pokemon Go and Spread the Word
“Pokémon Go taps into our longing for unity in a fractured world. For a moment, we are together, sharing the same physical space and playing the same game.
Pokémon Go also taps into our longing for something beyond the flattened, rationalist society of our age. For a moment, we feel the magic of the old mythologies and long for something beyond this present world.” (c) Trevin Wax
Some Christians even use Pokemon Go as a tool to share the good word with others. Pokemon Go encourages physical movement and exercise through walking. It helps promote community building too as it’s better to play it with others and not in isolation. Some churches have been designated as Pokestops and they are making the most out of it.
Life Point sums up how we should go about churches being Pokestops pretty nicely:
“When it comes to tools, gifts, and technology, Christians have three categories to place things:
- We can receive it.
- We can reject it.
- We can redeem it.
Christians should receive good things that make us more holy. An example would the the Word of God, nutritious food and water, or healthy Christian friendships.
Christians should reject things that will never make us more holy. Pornography and relationships that cause us to sin are examples of things Christians should reject.
Christians should redeem things (such as tools and technology) that can be leveraged for our holiness or the holiness of others. The internet, sound systems, seating, and books are examples of things that can either be used for evil, or we can redeem to make us and others holy.”
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