Monday, November 3, 2008

The Micronauts, Pt. 3

The Christian Children's Fund just turned down over $17,000 from GenCon. From Wikinews:

Staff from the GenCon 2008 role-playing and board game convention reported that the Christian Children's Fund (CCF) had rejected the US$17,398.00 raised for them by a charity auction held on August 15, on learning that it had been raised partly by selling Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks and miniature figures.
Gamers are calling this an insult to role-playing games, to Christians who play them, and to the memory of Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax, who died on March 4. The CCF was Gygax's favorite charity.
Since The CCF rejected not only the donation, but also being one of the top sponsors of the event, The Fisher House Foundation was picked as the recipient. The Foundation helps with providing a "home away from home" for families coping with disabled, ill or injured
United States military personnel.

A minority of Christians, notably tract author Jack T. Chick, consider D&D an instrument of demonic possession and a gateway to witchcraft.

I have rather directly defended the CCF, who has a budget of $28 million, on the gamers forum I frequent. They turned down theat money because they feared God and wanted to honor Him.

But I know something that no one else knows.

I used to play for hours and hours, and never brought Jesus to the gaming table. This was my "fantasy area" and Christ was an unwelcome intrusion.

Everyone is saying "How could they be so elitest and turn down that good money for those poor children?"

Because honoring God is more important than cash to this organization. You know, everyone thinks the world needs MORE money, then we'd solve the world's problems. (You voted for Obama, didn't you?)

No. The problems are not food, clothing or shelter. There is enough to help the entire world. What the real problem is is deep inside the human heart - a heart that is caught in a cycle of destruction that leads to GENERATIONAL poverty.

And a Christian humanitarian organization, MUST honor Her Captain first. Jesus can feed five thousand with a few small loaves and fish - IF they place their trust in Him.

In the Micronauts, all of Homeworld's hope is placed on Commander Rann as he faces off with Baron Karza in a glorious final battle. There is only one small problem:

Rann is mortal and Karza is an energy being a thousand years old.

As Force Commander - Princess Mari's brother - is Badly beaten by Karza, Rann becomes transformed into a mighty energy warrior - the Time Traveller! Because of his journeys through space and time, Rann has unwittingly given birth to several other "selves" - tens of men, all spritual beings - and they all merge back together into this one huge supernaturally powered entity who CAN face off Karza and defeat him.

Lots of Hinduism/Manichaeism is here, and as a Christ-follower, I cannot condone it for younger readers. But Rann is used very much like an angel or Christ-figure and Karza as the devil incarnate.

And that does remind me of the Final Battle and destruction of Satan - and the commitment of some to evil, even unto death. You see folks, it ain't about what we have in our hand, it is what we have in our heart, our soul, our spirit. But there will come a day when the battle will be made plain and visible for all to see.

Revelation 9:11-21
They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.

The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.

The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Now this last part always bothered me - I would read all the visions of the creatures and try to guess what they were, but I would end up saying "After all these amazing things, they WOULD NOT repent?! That is insane!"

You know why they don't repent? They do not have the ability to say they are wrong.

They do not fear God's judgment. They have emotionally joined those who care nothing for honoring the Creator.

Rann does not know the power he has to defeat Baron Karza UNTIL the time is ripe. He's been a runnin' all this time.

But he runs no more. And Karza is stunned. "By my forgotten soul - who or WHAT are YOU?!"

Christ will empower us, but we must stay true to Him. No matter how it looks. No matter what happens. No matter how "inhumane" we may appear.

We are fighting to keep our souls straight and save others. There can be no compromise simply because we are facing pride and it must die - so true life can begin.

The Gamers were so offended. It was Gary Gygax's favorite charity. That implies Gary as a churchman was Christian.

Here's the joke - if they really wanted to give the money anyway, they would have given it anonymously. They were shamed by this response.

"He who puts his trust in Him shall never be ashamed."

If they had been Believers, they would not be ashamed. If they had let go of their own identity for 24 hours, they would not be ashamed. But from the grave, Gary's legacy came back and slapped the fans in the face. The anti-Christian elements of AD&D killed the donation.

God doesn't need our money. He wants us. Fantasy and RPGs do NOT have to be exclusive - but in this case, the lines were drawn back in the 80s.

In the end, it is a battle over souls, not bodies.

Bless CCF for staying true on this principle.

And bless Christian gamers who become aware of what legacy they may leave behind.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's an awfully self-serving recall of a conversation I was a part of, and neglects most of what was said. I take it you skipped the part where CCF responded to a blogger and explained their decision? - Origen

Anonymous said...

This is a copy of an email sent to a gamer on Circvs Maximvs from Cheri Dahl, the Vice President of Communications and Fundraising at CCF.

- Origen

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Dear Concerned Gamer:

Thank you for writing to Anne Goddard and sharing your concerns. Anne was traveling when she received your email. We discussed your concern and she asked that I respond on her behalf. Please know that we take your email very seriously.

There appears to be a misunderstanding which I would like to correct. When Gen Con contacted CCF about its auction, we were pleased to accept donations. However, we couldn’t lend our name for publication because our policies have specific criteria for endorsements. We were unaware that this had caused any problem or concern for Gen Con until we began receiving emails. This decision was in no way intended to be a reflection on Mr. Gygax, gaming enthusiasts or the game Dungeon and Dragons. We have the utmost respect for the gaming community and were touched by the generosity expressed through your auction. We were disappointed that we were not the recipients of the donation but we were pleased that another worthy organization benefited.

We realize this has become a topic of discussion in the gaming community and we hope you will help us by sharing this response.

The needs of children are great and we welcome your support. Should you wish to learn more we invite you to visit our website at www.christianchildrensfund.org.

Again, I thank you for taking the time to voice your concern. Your passion for gaming and your support for children are admirable.

Sincerely,
Cheri Dahl
Vice President,
International Communications and Fundraising

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