Bear with me.
1 Peter 4:10-11
10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Oh, and let’s add 1st Corinthians 10:31 in here, too…
1 Corinthians 10:31
31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
I’m running a Vampire: The Requiem game, and through it I’m trying to glorify God. This is way harder than it sounds.
For one thing, the setting itself works against this. World of Darkness is just that. It’s a bleak place. If it wasn’t, I would think that it would be called something else. (Don’t believe me? Check out White Wolf’s desktop wallpaper.) Here’s a description from the main sourcebook, pg. 17: “And yet, in the World of Darkness, shadows are deeper, nights are darker, fog is thicker. If, in our world, a neighborhood has a run-down house that gives people the creeps, in the World of Darkness, that house emits strange sighs on certain nights of the year, and seems to have a human face when seen from the corner of one’s eye.”
And that’s before you add in the vampires, werewolves, changelings, magi and whatnot running about the place.
Pages 22 and 23 describe how the theme of WoD is dark mystery, how the mood is of dread, the setting is a sense of place (referring to how it’s our world today but from a different perspective), and how the atmosphere is one of threatening symbolism. “Characters in the World of Darkness can blur the line between reality and the occult. Indeed, that what’s it’s all about.” — pg. 23. How am I supposed to work with this in a way glorifying God?
Like I said, it’s difficult.
The story I’ve come up with involves angels, fallen angels, vampires, werewolves, damnation, redemption, forgiveness both temporal and eternal, love, spirits and cell phones. The story itself would take way, way too long to explain, and I doubt anyone would be all that interested. Both of my players are playing vampires, partially because that’s the variation of WoD I understand the best. (Mage just looks insane.) Both of them right off the bat are capable of supernatural skills, and as the undead, are considered damned. Yay.
One of my two players is Christian, the other isn’t. I’m tempted to ask them how they think I’m doing, but with something like this, how can you tell what is a “good” job and what isn’t? “What, glorifying God? I’m surprised you haven’t been struck by lightning yet.” That would be a bad review.
Maybe I’m germinating ideas (is that the right word?). “Here, chew on this for a while.” Heck, one of my NPCs (non-player characters) is a former angel named Gannon who, thanks to a big chunk of the too-long story, became exiled and then bitter about exile, and then corrupted by his own bitterness. He is presently mortal, having been given a second chance by God — redemption — and come back home. While he doesn’t necessarily have faith in God, since as an angel he knows God is real, his faith is in that through Christ he will be forgiven (as will we all, if we but have faith and confess Him as our savior. For details, please feel free to pray, or seek out your local pastor).
(And before anyone jumps on me about the nature of angels and whatnot, please understand that I’m not making any claims about what they are or what they aren’t. It’s a fictional story, and I take pains to remain aware of that.)
If all my game does is create ideas or questions that lead to conversations that spread to others that perhaps lead to beginnings of other journeys, then woo! I certainly don’t look for outright conversion. (as previously stated, one of my players is already Christian.) Though I’m writing a book (very, very slowly), and have this blog, I’m not a very forthcoming person about my faith and travels in person (but I’m working on it), and I’m not one of those Christians who can say “Believe the way I do, or you’re screwed.” There’s the matter of John 14:6 — 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. — but my preferred thinking is to suggest, rather than “Believe, damn it!” which smacks of sword-point conversion.
Good heavens, it’s 12:10 a.m. I have to be at work in five hours! I shall now retire to bed so that I will have sufficient energy to glorify Him through being a diet clerk. For after all, 1st Corinthians up there says whatever you do.
Just had gaming on my mind lately…