Today I earned the RCXD on Arms Race!”
“I enchanted my Diamond Chestplate to Bane of Arthropods!”
Consider listening when your child tells you about his last videogame session, as he inevitably will. Don’t shut down this byway of communication. It may sound like undecipherable mumbo-jumbo, but within his eager description is the seed by which you can mold his experience of solo entertainment into enrichment—and a pathway to contemplate God.
For example, say he just played Call of Duty II like so many preteens these days. You may have a documentary at the ready about WWII or tell him about a war in which a family member served. Or, perhaps he just built a fire in Minecraft. That can lead to talking about your upcoming family camping trip, fire safety, and protecting God’s beautiful outdoors. A week or month later, as he’s again playing, you can revisit key elements of that war video or camping trip you shared. This brings it to his mind again and helps him to retain it over the longterm.
Leaning toward science, when he mentions excavating iron, gold and diamond in Minecraft, you can show him the Periodic Table of elements. Ask him on what day of creation God likely made all of these elements. You might mention that “some of what God created on Day One is what we are now made of—physical matter-energy, amazingly arranged in atoms and molecules that ultimately comprise our material bodies.”(1) This is Bible and science extracted from a Minecraft experience. It’s relevant to something fun the child is doing, but it also brings the child into a new level of awareness about the game’s contents.
God has allowed the creation of videogames; you have allowed videogames into your home. God cares what your child is learning through gaming; so do you. With your help, your child can learn to see the glory of God in his world of fun.
(1) Institute for Creation Research, Acts & Facts, May 2013, p. 11.
More posts on the main blog page.