Is it wrong to play video games?
Here's the answer:
Playing video games is okay—as long as we choose good ones and don’t allow them to take up too much of our time.
God wants us to be wise with what we put into our minds. That’s why it’s important to be careful when picking which video games to play. Sometimes people in video games use bad language, do bad things, and treat others poorly. In fact, sometimes the people in video games make it seem like doing wrong is actually good.
Here are some tips on how to pick video games:
• Be sure your parents approve all your video games. Never play a game that your mom or dad hasn’t given you permission to play.
• Work with your parents to set time limits. You don’t want video games to interfere with your schoolwork, family time, and your time with God.
• Honor God by the games you play. Ask yourself, "Would Jesus like this game?" Some video games are fun and educational. Ask your parents to help you find video games that honor God.
There’s nothing evil about video games in general, but maybe a better question is, "Is playing video games the best choice or is there something better I can do right now?" It’s important that we make time in our lives to serve others and especially to serve God and get to know Him better. If video games get in the way of that, it’s time to think about spending less time on them.
"Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things" (Philippians 4:8).
"Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord" (Romans 12:11).