This morning on my way back from taking Mog to school I had my normal radio station on (5 live – news in the morning sport in the evening… ideal), but one of the items they had on was an interview with a mother whose son had racked up a £4000 bill from in-game purchases in Fifa 14. I won’t bore you with the details of what was exactly involved, but essentially her credit card details were stored on the machine and so her 13 year old son could without thinking keep buying more and more things.
There are 2 important lessons to learn, the first is the obvious, be aware of any game that has in-game purchases. It is quite a common thing now, in fact a large percentage of apps for phones and tablets rely on you buying in-game material. Don’t be fooled make sure that everyone in the house knows this and that everyone knows what the ‘house rules’ are.
With Apple products you can go to the settings to turn off in game purchases if that is what you want. It is harder on Playstation’s and X-boxes but if you do not want people to buy things simply do not put your card details in.
But the second thing to consider about this was her response to the question: ‘Who are you most upset or angry at?’
Now what followed revealed something very deep about the human heart.
That we are not to blame… for this mother of the 13 year old boy said that the people with the biggest responsibility for this was the games companies…
But really that is absolute rubbish.
The person to blame is her son.
He knew what he was doing, he knew he was spending money, but in her words ‘he got caught up in the game’.
Or in other words he was so caught up in his world, in his own enjoyment that he did not care for anyone else.
Passing the blame for our sin is as old as the world… just look at Genesis 3v12-13:
‘The man said, “The woman YOU put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it”. Then the Lord God said to the woman. “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”.
When asked what they had done both Adam and Eve passed the blame… it wasn’t their fault, it was their circumstance (The woman that God had put there) or it was someone else (the serpent).
The only people who are guilty of our sin, is ourselves. If we fall into the trap of thinking that it is our circumstances or other people that cause us to sin we will never get to the heart of the problem and so never come to the real solution.
If I think it is other people I will simply seek to change the externals, where as what I really need is a new heart, what I really need is a rescue.
Only when we see the problem is our own heart, our own sin, will we come to Christ as saviour not to give us good advice but to save us from death to life.
Do you see that as your biggest problem?
But the great truth of following Jesus is that he came to ‘save sinners’. Only when we feel the full force of our own inadequacy and failure, will we feel the full force of his love and forgiveness.
You ARE more sinful then you can know… but you ARE more loved then you can imagine…
Enjoy your day.