“But what do we know: we made this game and you probably think we’re going to Hell!” (Defining A Game for Good Christians)
We end all of our Card Talks with that phrase. (and if you don’t know what a “Card Talk” is, click here
And while we’ve talked about how this game works in the past (like here and here) now that the game is in the hands of people across the world (thanks Australia, Canada, and England supporters!), we feel it is time to restate a few things about our “Card Talks” and A Game for Good Christians in general.
We put in work.
Our Card Talks propose an idea, a perspective on a Biblical text, a reason why one of our cards is so “OMG THEY CAN’T SAY THAT!”
We attempt to present something profound, comical, sobering, or a painful combination thereof.
We say, “here are our thoughts based on intense study of the Hebrew/Greek/Aramaic text, countless commentaries, preaching, teaching, counseling, pastoring, living life, wrestling with God, screaming at God, screaming at self, prayer, and being grade-A smart-asses made in the image of God. We may be wrong, but do with them what you will.”
There is nothing haphazard about our cards: each is made to point someone back to the Bible, and if you don’t like how we did it, prove us wrong. Preferably actually using the Bible. Fight fire with fire.
We have little tolerance for the “my pastor /my mommy /my televangelist /my inspirational book writer says …” arguments. We dive into the Text and welcome you into the water with us.
We believe a “good Christian” will spend less time getting offended by our cards, and more time picking up their dusty Bibles and wrestling alongside us. A “good Christian” doesn’t try to ignore the uncomfortable parts of the Bible. Our game simply makes it harder to do so.
So we don’t mince words about the Bible’s disturbing references to vaginas, or the prophets penchant for using graphic sexual imagery including, but not limited to, gang rape. Or that Noah himself might have been raped by his son.
And we address head-on the terrible and terrifying image of babies with their brains smashed against rocks.
This is our Bible. All of it. Not only the pieces that sound good on Christmas or Easter. Not only the calming psalms or miracles in the Gospels which restore hope. Not only the stories of triumph where good conquers evil without the shedding of blood.
Not even Jesus got a story like that.
You can click on any of the links above to see how we handle these issues in context.
But we digress.
You can continue to read the Bible the way you always have, or you can join us and embrace something new, something that might be a little uncomfortable at first. But isn’t that nature of all new relationships: exploration that is some part joy, some part awkward pain, some part excitement?
Your old way of reading is cute, has nice clothes and hair, is generally well put together. Is polite and acceptable to your parents. But this new beau is rough around the edges and a little dangerous, in a stimulating, life-giving way.
So here it is. Your choice, it’s simple: the old or the new. And I’m sure the old is really great. But Derek …err, Reader, we love you. In a really, really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over our head outside your window, unfortunate way that makes us hate you, love you.
We’ll be right here tonight, so if you do decide make that purchase, meet us here.
If we’re going to Hell (which we profoundly doubt) then there is room in our sulfur-lined hand-basket. Climb inside.