March 21, 2019 Jon Hoover

The Bible for Minecrafters

The Bible for Minecrafters

If I told you that $20 would get your kids or grandkids to read the Bible for hours, would you spend the $20?

Of course you would. I know you would. I know you would because you want your kids and your grandkids to read the Bible. I know would because I did that this week myself. No, I did not pay my kids to read the Bible. I bought them a Bible that speaks their language, per say.

I am quite sure many of you grew up with some kind of picture Bible. You may even have fond memories of one in particular. They were great visual tools that allowed you to read the Bible, and they allowed you to have a visual of it as well.

Well, what I purchased is called “The Bible for Minecrafters.” Minecraft is a wildly popular game kids play on a computer, phone, or a tablet. You don’t need to know anything about Minecraft, but I absolutely promise you that your kids and grandkids (and great grandkids) have spent hours upon hours playing Minecraft.

So, someone got “crafty” and created “The Bible for Minecrafters.” It’s nothing more than a modern day picture Bible that tells the biblical story using images created within Minecraft. It’s fascinating, and my kids love it. It comes in a box set, one book for the Old Testament and one book for the New Testament. For the last two nights, I literally had to force my kids to put the Bible down and go to bed (that’s not a problem I usually have).

I didn’t do anything special. I simply got a picture Bible into their “language” and in a format that engages them on their level. This is the same exact work that missionaries do in other countries that have different customs and cultural norms. Missionaries learn to speak the native language. They adopt similar dress codes, and engage in cultural activities that are very different from what we experience here in America. While doing so, they share the gospel and invite people into the Christian faith.

One of the more frustrating experiences that is becoming more common between generations is the language barrier that exists between various age groups. Sure, we are all speaking English, but we are often worlds apart when it comes to how we engage the culture around us.

As difficult as it may be at times, our church (and the church at large) must learn to engage the culture and speak the language of the culture around us so that the gospel of Jesus Christ can be most clearly seen and heard.

My 7 year old son simply cannot pick up the Bible and read through it like you or I could. However, he has spent hours upon hours now reading it in a format that engages his mind and heart. It’s amazing, and I am thankful for people who are able to put together such a great tool like the “Bible for Minecrafters.”

With that thinking in mind, we too must think clearly about how to make the Christian faith as accessible as possible to a coming generation of people who were likely not raised in the church or in the same way that you and I were raised.

And please, do not worry. There is not a single iota within me that is making the case that this means we have to water down the gospel. I am nowhere close to the “easy-believism” that exists in other places. My commitment to the Bible and the sufficiency and authority of Scripture is rock solid. I am, however, making the case that we must learn to live and act more like missionaries here in our own community.

So, come join us on Sunday night, March 31st at 5:00pm, as we learn to be missionaries right here in Kinston.

P.S. If you want to earn some cool points with your kids, grandkids, or great grandkids and order them a “Bible for Minecrafters,” just let me know. We can order you one through the church office. We can even have it sent straight to them for you. I’m sure you agree $20 is worth getting them to spend hours reading the Bible.