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Of School Shooters and Video Gamers

Now I am not anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson. I’m not suggesting that everyone who plays a video game will act out that video game in reality. But I am saying that it is very dangerous to allow troubled, angry, teenage boys access to killing practice, even if that access is only virtual killing practice. Continue reading —>

I don’t agree with all of the author’s conclusions, but this article is worth reading and has prompted some worthy discussion in my own family. A few thoughts:

First, I think we can fall into one of two extremes when considering this issue. The first is to think that video games have no effect upon the gamer. This is patently untrue, just as it is with any other type of hobby or entertainment. The games we play, the movies we watch, the books we read, the music we listen to – they all help shape our thinking in ways we may not even be aware of. To deny it is absurd.

But equally absurd is the second extreme, which sees video games as the root of the problem, thereby mistaking correlation for causation. That’s a fallacy where I come from: post hoc ergo propter hoc. “After this, therefore because of this.” By this (il)logic, your love of racing games is responsible for your bad driving. Heck, Monopoly might even be responsible for your poor money management skills. “I told you to not to buy that property, Bill…”

Second, I find it interesting that in all this talk of roots and causes, the Biblical answer is deliberately overlooked by most: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Cain slaughtered his brother in cold blood, and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t a gamer. But he was a sinner. We all are. Sin is the real common denominator, not EA Games.

Forty Years of Slaughter

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R.C. Sproul, Jr. writes of A Generation Lost:

It is not my intent to challenge the effectiveness of any organization, any strategy, or any party. I have, in one way or another, been deeply involved in them all. Rather my intent is to highlight the deep gap between how we think about abortion forty years later, and the reality. We think in terms of strategies, movements, parties, and avert our eyes from the body parts. Strategies, movements, parties are all abstractions. The babies are real, and they are really dead. The anniversary is just a date on the calendar. The babies are dead, not fifty million of them, but one of them, fifty million times.

Matt Rodgers has compiled a great list of Outstanding Pro-Life Articles, including a few he wrote himself. I particularly recommend you read this overview of abortion methods:

In the political realm, abortion is debated as an abstract concept. It’s dehumanized. For many, the word evokes only a vague understanding that a “clump of cells” is being removed from a woman’s uterus. Even the word “abortion” is being abandoned in favor of euphemisms like “women’s reproductive rights”.

In this post, my goal is simply to present the various methods used to carry out abortions. I’ll be relying mostly on diagrams, testimonies, and excerpts from medical resources. I’ve intentionally avoided using gory photographs for shock value, but be forewarned that some content is, nonetheless, quite graphic.

If you believe there’s nothing morally or ethically wrong with abortion, then none of what follows should be troubling.

“We have killed fifty million babies,” says John Piper. “And what increases our guilt as a nation is that we know what we are doing.” You can read the evidence here. The aim of Piper’s post is threefold:

1. To make clear that we will not be able to defend ourselves with the claim of ignorance. We knew. All of us.

2. To solidify our conviction to resist this horrific evil.

3. To intensify our prayer and our preaching toward gospel-based soul-renovation in our land, because hardness of heart, not ignorance, is at the root of this carnage.