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 â€œenjoy things that are wrongâ€? 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 â€˜desperateâ€™ 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 â€˜toyâ€™ gun looked like a pocket-able handgun, and very bothersome to me, the orange tip was cut off and painted over black. This â€˜toyâ€™ 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.