If Jesus of Nazareth, the "annointed messiah" in the Christian world, were alive today, would he
game? Ryan Stone of North Greenville College thinks so, and he points to Halo
as a title on which Jesus might
earn a few frags. In his words, "I think He, being the almighty Creator, understands that He built into men the
want to be a hero. I want to save the world and fly through the galaxy shooting the bad guys and coming out unscathed
with a smoking pistol in each hand." We could not say it any better.
Stone's article derives from his
experiences trying to set up a Halo
tournament through his church in order to raise money for Relay for Life
, which aids the American Cancer Society. However, some of the chuch
members complained, citing not personal experience but "many articles from Focus on the Family and other highly
conservative publications" that associated Halo
with non-Christian values. But Stone reminds readers how
Jesus "fought the conservative and religious people of the day, how he bucked the system."
believes Jesus would have played some Halo, and probably rock at it, too. "He'd probably even beat me terribly and
make me look like I'd never played. I'd even hope for a little humorous religious smack talking." We agree that
many M-rated games could be seen (and rightfully so) contrary to Christian ideals of morality (e.g. every Rockstar game
not revolving around table tennis), but as a government soldier who fights to save humanity against an evil alien race
or two, Master Chief is a hero. So, to relay his final question, what would Jesus play?