Rick Warren’s Left Behind: Kill Everyone June 14, 2006Posted by joshg in Christianity.
No, this post's headline doesn't make sense. But neither does this article, and yet for some reason it's migrated from blog to more-notable-blog as though it's actually sane. I had seen the original post come up on GameSetWatch, who realized that perhaps this article is jumping to some wacky conclusions. But that was weeks ago, so I was pretty surprised to see it continue to pop up unexpectedly.
I'm not sure why so many people are jumping on this bandwagon of claiming that LB:EF sets up a "convert or die" scenario. As far as I know, the game does encourage you to convert other citizens, and you also fight back against the Evil One World Order government's army, which is actively hunting you down to kill you. So, okay, you kill "infidels" (a term I'm pretty sure the game itself doesn't use), but basically in self-defense.
And from what I've heard, the game punishes you for killing civilians, which is a far cry from the "you might as well kill 'em, they're going to hell anyway" mentality that Hutson's article describes. And for what it's worth, most RTS games I've played simply ignore civilian casualties, so one could easily argue that they're going against genre conventions and placing a greater value on human life than many other games do.
And honestly, I don't even know what to say about the effort Hutson makes to associate Rick Warren with this game. Frankly, who cares? I'm not a fan of megachurches, I read The Purpose-Driven Life and didn't see why it was worth the hype, but I don't see any reason to demonize Warren to the point that some hazy connection-by-degrees-of-association merits writing about.