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A Christian Perspective on the “Race Card” Game – Part 2

As a Christian believer, or as any other decent human being, your role as a logical, intelligent individual is to distinguish between when there is a true allegation of racism from when someone is playing the race card. You are not to allow anyone to manipulate you with his or her own agenda. Take for example, a political scenario, where one politician in desperate need of votes starts playing the race card by bringing up divisive racial issues, rather than presenting a concrete platform and work plan to the people. Many people fall prey to such politicians who target the racial sentiments of individuals. Such people end up voting on racial lines rather than focusing on what the politician really has to offer. Inevitably, they get disappointed because the politician fails to deliver, because they really had nothing more than political rhetoric to offer.On the other hand, be careful with individuals who are quick to accuse others of playing the race card. Many of such individuals may have deep-seated racial prejudice and discriminatory beliefs, which they have mastered the act of obscuring. On the surface, they present themselves to be “non-racist,” while practicing racism in the subtlest manner. In the meantime, while they accuse others of being racist or playing the race card, they are no better themselves.Still, it is easier for you as an individual to fall prey to the game of playing the race card when you have unresolved issues within you about racism. If you have fear of other races, especially fear that is motivated by anxiety over perceived loss of economic control or dominance, your fear could dominate your mind and make you a quick target to be easily manipulated by those who play the race card. If you have been wounded in your soul by one or more experiences of racism and the “wound” is still a “open sore”, you could be more receptive to someone playing the race card on one issue or another. This is why you must treat your experiences of racism like any other life’s negative experiences. Daily, you must continue to positively evolve from any experience with racism to become a better human being who simply refuses to be defeated by racism. Someone who refuses to use or manipulate racism in any way for individual benefit. Below are steps that I suggest that you learn to take daily in order to gain your own individual victory over racism, and to avoid playing the race card game.· Regardless of your religion or creed, you need to accept the universal truth that you are not superior or inferior to anyone. Your humanity as an individual is not superior or inferior to that of another human being.· Daily, you must dust yourself of the “debris” of racism to prevent any negative lingering effects of it. You must cleanse your thoughts and emotions of all of the “wreckage” and “remnants” from your unpleasant experiences with racism.· Daily, you need to cleanse your mind of any perceived fear of individuals of other races taking over your life or that of your community or country. Fear and anxiety breeds all manner of destructive negative thinking and emotions that sets you up to become receptive to racial prejudice and discrimination, or playing the race card game.· You need to forgive your racist offenders, so that their ignorant, racist actions against you don’t succeed in making you bitter about life and turning you into a living, wounded soul. God has asked us to forgive those who offend us, so that we too may be forgiven by those we offend and by God Himself. This is a simple Biblical instruction that is by no means simple to practice. Yet, it is necessary for the well being of our soul, that is our mind, thoughts heart, emotions and will. It is necessary for individuals within a family, community, state, country or the world as a whole, to continue to live and co-exist in reasonable harmony.· You must continue to act with integrity before God, regardless of your experiences with racism. So, you do not have the luxury to be a part of racism, or ethnicity-based politics, or play the race card in any shape or manner.· You have to make the conscious effort to remember that God has given all of humanity the mandate not to discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnicity or nationality, or any other reason.

Video Gaming in Our Lives

Video games have become a big part of nearly all family’s lives, whether it is the children playing, or the parents. There are all kinds of video games, children’s, adults, violence, adventure, first shooter, online, etc…. I could mention more, but I think you get the point; there are video games for just about any personality.Even though there were video games before Pong, a computerized version of ping pong, or as some call it, table tennis, it has been touted as the first video game to come out. Without a doubt, it was the first to become “red hot” among the first gamers. Since its inception, the gaming world literally exploded. Video gaming has become a very lucrative business among young and old alike. It has even been made into a popular genre with the entertainment world. Several major motion pictures have been made using video game themes, such as several versions of Resident Evil and Doom. On the other hand, video games have been derived from major motion pictures, such as Transformers. Television has also had its hand in helping the video game industry with such favorites as Transformers, which was a cartoon long before it was a movie.VIDEO GAMING PROS AND CONSVideo gaming has become one of the most successful industries, but, as with most successes, come doubts, fears, and even dismay. Many feel its effects in the society, particularly on the younger generation; have both positive and negative consequences. Studies have found that, used in moderation, they have positive effects on the mental and physical development of children. Some of the positive aspects of video gaming are hand and eye coordination, mental acuity, educational value and a means for otherwise shy, introverted children to interact with others. One negative aspect is becoming so involved, one tends to neglect the rest of the world. Another is that some individuals tend to confuse fantasy with reality. Video games have been named in cases where individual(s) stray from reality, and in extreme cases, used as a crutch for wrong-doing.Violence in video games has become a major issue, particularly in children. Some have expressed concerns that the violence can bring out violent behavior in individuals, young and old alike. While it has been proven that video games have a healing effect, they also have an effect on weak minds.VIDEO GAMING RATING SYSTEMIf you are concerned with whether the games you kids are playing are appropriate, consider checking the ratings. E rated games are for everyone. They include games such as sports video games, Mario Brothers, SpongeBob Squarepants. Consider age appropriate games created from movies, such as Madagascar, to fall in this category.T rated games are for teens. They offer graphics that are a bit more detailed, and could have some violence and sexual graphics, but with no graphic gore.M games are rated mature. These would be for adults only, with more gore, sexual context and graphical killing. Grand Theft Auto is a fine example of an M rated video game. Other M rated video games would include war games where there is a lot of killing and gore.Even with this rating system listed above, children still choose the ones that are rated as not suitable for them. They can always find ways to play with those types of video games rather than the ones which are more age-appropriate.Bottom LineVideo games are here to stay, whether they are played on Nintendo’s, WII’s, the PC or in arcades. Our children will be constantly subjected to video games, so “parental responsibility” should be a key phrase in all parents vocabulary. As for adults, to each his own.


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