A simple concept brought to my attention in Haiti. Pastor Brian would say that simple phrase about once a week, “no playing games”. At first my reaction to this was, “seriously, you burn playing cards if people bring them to the ministry center?” I thought he was pretty extreme… Until he explained his reasoning for it; he said that with a ministry like Cross To Light, there tends to be a lot of warfare coming at them all the time. When there is a ministry that is working to turn a people or a country to The Lord, obviously the enemy is going to hate it. Pastor Brian explained that when you work with a ministry like that, you must always be prepared for war; not to say that you should be worried, but always be prepared to stand your ground against the enemy. He explained to me that you cannot be on your guard when you’re messing around with games and entertainment. These are both used as a distraction, and once you are distracted, it is so much easier for the enemy to get in. If you let your guard down, you give the enemy an open door.
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
Pastor Brian won’t allow any games at Cross To Light; no cards, no board games. Whenever there is free time at the ministry center, he tells everyone to do a devotional or play some worship. There is no TV, no radio, no computer. You have your Bibles and some instruments. The only music we heard was worship; and oh, how it ministers to a tired soul after a long day.
"For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things." Psalm 107:9
So what does that look like in the states? Why does it seem to make so much sense for a ministry in Haiti, yet it seems so crazy for “everyday life” back home?
This has truly been such a struggle for me since I’ve been back. I’ve been home for 6 months and I still am trying to figure out how to live this out. It can be so hard when friends and family want to watch a movie together. Where do you draw the line? I enjoy watching movies every once in a while, especially if it’s with people I love. I also really enjoy playing board games with my friends and family. So where do I draw the line? I never want to be legalistic, but I never want to waste my time on this earth and brush it off as being covered by grace. So where do I draw the line? Where do you draw the line?
I guess it really boils down to personal conviction. So I’m gonna pray about it. And if you’ve felt any kind of tug on your heart while reading this, I suggest you pray about it as well. See what the Lord tells you.