Late last week, I downloaded the latest internet game sensation to my phone. I just wanted an excuse to play online with my kids and their friends.
The private game my daughter’s friends set up was cool. I knew the kids. They were taking it easy on me. They were also on their best behavior because they knew I was in the chat room with them.
A few days ago, I tried to play in a public forum, and it was an awful experience. The game moderators kicked people out because they were too young. They were cursing at each other. I played for less than ten minutes before I gave up.
In case you are like me, and had no idea what this game is, let me give a brief explanation. It’s a multiplayer game, wherein crew members are given tasks to complete. There are 1-2 “impostors”, meaning they look like everybody else in the game, but they are actually murderers, and can kill other players. It’s the job of the crew members to figure out who the impostors are, and vote them out of the game.
Isn’t that just like real life? We all have specific tasks to do, but there are forces who do not want us to finish our work. The Bible says, “the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.” We spend so much time trying to figure out who the enemy is among us, that we can neglect our actual tasks, the things we are called to do.
Some of us focus so much on trying to identify the impostors, that we fail to realize who our crew mates are. None of us is called to live life alone. There are people tasked with helping us on our journey, but suspicion and distrust cause us delays and heartache. We are so hell-bent on identifying those who would cause harm that we do not recognize those who are sent to help.
Impostors are not the only thing among us. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The God of heaven chose to come to a world full of disease and distractions and dwell among us. Not only that, but he also gifted us with the Spirit that still dwells not only among us, but in us. Let us dwell on that, this advent seaaon.