Hello fellow brethren players,
Guys, I am very perplexed about the following matter. During holidays I started playing FF14 (had posted earlier for possibly finding Christians there) I liked the game bought it ok. Found some good folks to play with and then as I was browsing game services, I came across the Ceremony of Eternal Bonding which is nothing else than in game character marriage. On first look it seems nice but the immediate question which popped in my head was "Do they allow same sex character marriage?", (someone heard and...) today some new ppl where to join our guild. And to my "surprise", after some introductory RP and round table discussion, the female character sitting in front of me goes to fetch her "wifey"....having the female in front I didn't even pay attention and was expecting a male char to pop in and there you have it...another female comes. So I drop the question and I get to know that yes, the game normally allows same sex character marriage. And I went coo coo.
Now, don't get me wrong. God says we are to love everyone. But not to accept sin. So this is where my problem came up. And that is if by playing the game I am actually supporting defiling God's institution between man and woman = marriage. They don't call it marriage ceremony but eternal bonding and crap like that, but any standard thinking individual can perceive that these are words of avoidance that have to do with possible ethical issues raising up from belief holding players. Or so I see it.
No matter what Square names it, it comes down to a human and personal level. When you don't tell someone the truth it's like accepting the wrong they are doing. And of course I don't mean wailing around calling people sinners.....lol. But given it's a game, and many people just play without opening up (with some exceptions and even God driven ones) how do you come to people like this and tell them , well, I'm sorry but the burden for your soul in my heart obligates me to tell you that if you die right now you are going to hell plus you are missing on the greatest love ever on this world and true happiness found in Christ alone? Two options, quiting the game or keeping it up. Let's say keeping it up.
Ok, so I'm going to stay in a guild (out of respect to the people who helped me) that tolerates that and by so doing, multiplies this message, to possibly young people who play. And you are going to say, well, young people are more informed that you and me nowadays and they can choose. But then I'll say how many people are daily given the opportunity to hear a testimony from a born again believer? Because if you are, you will know that this is what makes the difference than theory and dogma talk.
Guys, seriously. I'm perplexed and even more because another matter which nudges me is missionary gaming. Because if you think about it, playing an MMO can give countless opportunities to speak to people. Or maybe not. I guess if God is really involved in this it then can happen. It happened to me when I was playing WoW. I met some people and we were both edified in our faith. I quited the game after some time and that was years ago.
I know this is case sensitive kind of issue, but it just bugs me a lot because I've been through stuff and I just know how destructive the spirit of homosexuality is and how it blinds people and leads them straight to hell. As well as other sins of course but even the Bible dedicates a whole chapter in Romans about it, so we know it's extra important.
I had a good feeling about playing this game and I can't say I've lost it now but I need to be sure I am doing the right thing. I'm just angry to the homosexuality promotion as something normal. It's not. It's not and it will never. I protest. But isn't this a protest people need to hear? It's a protest of love not discrimination. A protest for the souls being lost.
I don't know guys I need your thoughts AND prayers on this.
Thanks and God bless.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.