“Worry is the state of engaging in chains of thoughts and images of a negative and an uncontrollable nature in which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated potential threats.” (Wikipedia)
I worry, you worry, we all worry about things. Sometimes they’re huge things and sometimes we worry about tiny little things. Our worries can be rational or irrational, sensible or strange but what they have in common is this: worrying is useless.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Luke 12 v 25
“Politics is the art of the possible.”
Otto Von Bismarck
The above quote actually makes a lot of sense. After all, you could run for office on the promise to decrease the effect of gravity on the Earth but you won’t get very far if you did. Generally speaking political parties stick to what they consider to be possible solutions to the world’s problems. And what are these problems that politic parties try and solve?
Broadly speaking they are: justice issues: crime, sentencing, illegal immigration and illegal trading. Then there are economic issues such as ‘inequality’, poverty, the business cycle, unemployment, inflation and debt. And finally there are social problems: health, welfare, education, family breakup, drunkenness, obesity, smoking, etc, etc, etc.
In fact, the Labour government has pursued the standard socialist policy of trying to use the state to solve an ever increasing number of problems.
There is a fundamental problem with this. No, there is a glaring hole in the reasoning behind the government trying to solve so many problems. And this logical flaw is summed up best in Romans:
As many of you have no doubt picked up on I am a Christian, saved by grace not by works least any man should boast. What will be less well known is that I am also a gamer; in fact, I’ve been a gamer longer than I’ve been a Christian. The latter being nine years and the former only about four or five. As gamers go I’m quite a keen one, I’ve registered 300 hours on just one game (over a course of three years), I’ve topped my fair share of scoreboards on multiplayer games and I follow the latest news in the gaming industry with interest. As hobbies go it’s quite a main one.
It is to my shame then that it was only last Christmas that a question suddenly occurred to me: how should I game as a Christian?