You know, I thought true believers were supposed to be raptured when Jesus returns, so why is there a born-again Tribulation Force that's fighting the Anti-Christ's minions? I guess I'll have to read the Left Behind books, or maybe I can play the video game. I don't plan on purchasing the game. In fact, I'd just as soon that my son doesn't play War Craft. But you know I'd rather he play War Craft than Left Behind, because Left Behind carries a theological message that I can't get on board with.
I earlier posted my misgiving and added a review of Barbara Rossing's excellent book: Rapture Exposed. In reading the LA Times today, I came across a short piece by Stephanie Simon that offers an interesting take on the game and its supporters and detractors. Though there isn't any blood or gore in the game, and you get more points converting than killing your opponents, it's still that idea that when push comes to shove, a muscular Christianity will defend itself by the sword. I find it interesting that the game's creator, Troy Lyndon, is quoted as saying that the game's purpose is to "spur teens to start thinking about 'matters of eternal importance,' such as the fate of their souls." Of course Focus on the Family, in its ever vigilant support of the culture wars is an enthusiastic backer of the game. Still, the real problem is the theology and what I consider a serious misreading of Scripture. The rapture isn't the center of the New Testament -- Jesus is.