But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Relate: Apparently there is this new phone app that for the past couple months has been all the rage. Now, I don’t have it but from what I understand, people who do have the app will run around strange areas they have never been before in an attempt to find new and better monsters. When they do find one, they then have a chance to catch it and add it to their… zoo? Battle school? They then train these monsters, somehow, and when they get strong enough they would then take those monsters out to do battle with the monsters of another trainer. My question for all you lanistae: if you win these battles what do you get? Money? Points? Do you get to keep your defeated opponents monsters? If you have lost, does your monster “die”?
Now those of you who have Pokemon Go installed on your app and have been building your ludus into an army of epic proportions I apologize. I can imagine you reading the paragraph above shaking your head and doing a facepalm worthy of Jean-Luc Picard himself. If that is the case let me explain myself. I have never played the original pokemon on Nintendo DS or any of its offshoots on any other gaming platform. I have never watched a single episode of pokemon or digimon or any of those other equally ridiculous anime TV shows. I have never owned a pokemon card, let alone played the game. I do not and never will have Pokemon Go or any other future variations that will be marketed to nostalgic adults who don’t know how to grow up and leave their childhood where it belongs… in the past. So when you say to me, “You just don’t get it.” You’re right. What you don’t get is that I am actually proud of that fact and honestly do pity those of you who do.
As fun as it is for me to write everything I have written above, I don’t honestly believe having pokemon on your phone makes you any less mature than the rest of us. I play civilization (4 not 5… beyond the sword mostly) on occasion and I like watching my sports teams (NY Yankees, Syracuse Orangemen, Real Madrid). Both of these hobbies or diversions are just as meaningless in the eternal scheme of things. It is healthy to have a hobby and if Pokemon is yours… more power to ya.
React: For you Pokemon players, do you find it frustrating trying to explain the game to people like me who don’t seem to understand the point or the attraction? Do you find yourself saying or thinking things along the lines of, “If you would only play it you would understand”? That same attitude can be felt with far more legitimacy with regards to those who mock and criticize Christianity. The difference is, they do not acknowledge their ignorance as I did above. They believe that because they have read a book by Hitchens, Dawkins or Sam Harris they are now an expert on Christianity. With smug condescension for the “ignorant unthinking masses” who have fallen for the lies of religion they stand on their soapbox and call us fools.
If that is you, all I have to say is, “You just don’t get it.” It is impossible to explain to those who have never been enlightened, who have never tasted the heavenly gift or the goodness of the word of God just exactly what that entails. Util you have surrendered your life to God, you have no idea what living is really all about. Until you have received the Spirit of God, you are completely ignorant with regards to spiritual things. If this sounds offensive to you, I am sorry you feel offended, but I am not sorry for saying it. I will never apologize for speaking truth. Why not end your ignorance today? Why not dive in and come to learn first hand just exactly what it is you just didn’t get?
Grant me the patience and wisdom to know how to best deal with those who have not yet come to know You as I have learned of You. Far more importantly, give me the temerity and faithfulness to continue knocking on Your door on their behalf until You reveal Yourself to them. In words and action and prayer help me be an intercessor standing for them before You and doing my best to demonstrate You to those who just do not yet get it.