In today’s world, we can be irrevocably and unquestionably evil, and yet amazingly we can do all of this without actually being evil. Confused? Let me explain.
As technology has advanced, so have many entertainment platforms. TV shows and movies use CGI to make the imaginations come to life. Video games give the controller incredible freedom to do whatever. What makes some of these technological advances so questionable is in the power it gives to the user.
To be specific, there are plenty of video games out there such as Grand Theft Auto (aka GTA) that allow the controller to be extremely evil. The game basically offers a free roaming world to the player. This particular game allows the player to do random things like roaming the city and even participating in a triathlon. However, this game also allows the user to steal cars, kill police officers or random people, visit graphic strip clubs, drink, smoke marijuana, and much more. It’s basically a free world where the player can do just about whatever. There are other games that give similar “freedoms” (commonsensemedia.org is a great “content check” on all sorts of media platforms).
So the question is, how evil should we be allowed to be with technology? How much bad language is too much for a show? How much sexually explicit material is too much for a movie? How evil should a video game allow the player to be?
Honestly, it’s kind of silly that we are even asking these types of questions. Sure, we’re not actually, physically “being evil,” but 1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to “Abstain from every form of evil.” In fact, places like Philippians 4:8 tells us what qualities should be allowed into our lives, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Christ put it this way, “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45). If we aren’t filling our hearts with good, we will become so numb that we will be like the people who “forgot how to blush” because of their exposure to sin (Jeremiah 6:15).
So the real question is, what are we allowing to enter our hearts? If it’s evil, worldly, questionable messages, then it will eventually take root. It might be time to take a look through our family’s, our teens, our kids, or even our own personal technology to see what is allowing evil into our minds.