The newest sensation sweeping the gaming universe is Pokémon Go. Most of us with kids under age 25 have experienced this phenomenon. A few of us may even be active participants in this new craze. For those of you have never heard of this game, it is very similar to geocaching. It’s a treasure hunt in the real world with the rewards being realized in the cyber one. It can be a bit addictive.
The neat thing about the game is it has people actively engaging in physical activity, albeit, low impact, but physical nonetheless. It was great walking to the park with my kids last week. So many people were outside enjoying God’s world. Chubby gamers were running through the park chasing elusive computer-generated-images while small children sauntered past them. Pale skinned people crawled into the real world after years of living behind a computer screen just for the chance of capturing a rare Pokémon. The “too cool” boys relented to the fun of the game and enjoyed the fun of the search, brave enough to break out of the cool mode for a little frivolity. Young and old were participating in the same thing for fun. A unifying force had come over the community joining the geeks and gamers with jocks and players. I think that Pikachu might win the write in ballot this year, everybody loves him.
The thing that gets me about this game is the fact that people are so enthusiastically pursuing fictitious little monsters that have no bearing on their lives. People are hiring Uber drivers to drive them around different communities so they can hunt fantasies. Their pursuit of playthings is powering them.
Wouldn’t it be great if we, as Christians, were as enthusiastic about our faith? What if we woke up with a “Gotta catch them all” mentality where we enthusiastically shared our faith with random people we met. Instead of sharing gaming secrets, we shared scripture. So many people are willing to look foolish for a child’s game, but not for the gospel. They are willing to run after the augmented reality of cyber space, but aren’t willing to open their bibles and read what God has to offer.
Eventually, this craze will pass like all the other crazes before it. People will laugh when they think back the crazy things they did to capture the last Bulbasaur. But God will never change, His word is more than just a passing phase. Maybe it’s time to chase what matters for eternity instead of the moment.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.