Hi all. It’s been a few months since the last post, and I’m sorry about that. A lot has changed in my life, and I’m eager to share it with you! Expect new posts on a semi-regular basis. No more months-long wait, in other words.
Today, I want to address a subject that was brought up on one of my video game blogs, Sega Does. In my most recent post, I discussed how I would no longer be using game ROMs on Sega Does. If you’d like to read the post, you can check it out here. TL;DR, ROMs are illegal. The majority of game companies ignore people downloading them because most games (95+% of all older games, especially) are not available to buy directly from the publisher/developer. Therefore, the companies aren’t losing any money. Nevertheless, under copyright law, ROMs are still very much illegal.
I mention in the post how God convinced me to get rid of the ROMs. I didn’t offer up much more detail than that because I didn’t think it mattered, but some of my readers were very curious about how God brought me to that conclusion.
If you are one of those curious readers, this post is for you. Beware, there’s a lot of Christian talk in this post. If anything, the talk is aimed at myself and other Christians, not anyone who might be of a different faith. My desire is not to offend anyone, but merely to share what happened to me.
“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:9-10).
This is a gnarly pair of verses and there’s a lot going on here, but the chunk I want to focus on is the part in bold. “He who accuses them before our God day and night.”
When you become a Christian, your sins are forgiven, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still sin. When you sin and you realize it, you must repent or else that sin is held against you. Satan accuses us before God day and night. Why? Because he hates anyone who aligns themselves with God. Any way he can legally undermine you before the Lord, he will do that. That said, if you are a Christian, you can repent of whatever sin the enemy accuses you of. When you repent, you are set free from the damage and destruction that sin can bring into your life.
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10)
The goal of the Christian life is not to focus on sin. The goal is to honor the Lord in all that we do. How can we, as Christians, allow Jesus to flow freely out of our lives, to bless others, to praise the Lord, and in turn, have the abundant life He promises? We are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16), but the temple of God will not share His space with any idols nor can we receive the full blessing of what He wants to give us if we are walking in unrepentant sin.
We must daily die to self (Romans 6:4-8), take up our cross, and follow Jesus (Matt. 16:24). We must give up our seat on the throne of our lives and allow Him to rule and reign from within us. Part of this process for me is asking the Lord, what is the enemy accusing me of? What kind of dirt does he have on me, particularly sins that I’m not aware of? Whatever it is, I want to be aware of it and repent as quickly as possible.
When the enemy accuses Christians before God, do you think he is lying or telling the truth? Satan is the father of all lies, but when he is accusing us before the Father of all creation, I personally don’t believe he can tell a lie, particularly if he’s in God’s court.
About two weeks ago, I asked the Lord if the enemy was accusing me of anything. This is a relatively new way of doing things for me, so it was only the first or second time I asked the Lord about this. The Lord gave me five sins, four of which made sense to me, and one didn’t.
I repented of the first four sins immediately, but the fifth and final sin was stealing, and that one confused me. Lord, I don’t steal, what is the enemy talking about? I didn’t receive an immediate answer, but I repented of it anyway and believed the Lord would tell me eventually. He sure did. The next day, without me seeking an answer, He showed me ROMs. Oh, that hurt. That hurt so bad. I’ve built my kingdoms (such as they are) on ROMs. Without ROMs, Questicle and Sega Does would not exist.
I justified using ROMs for years, and if I’m honest with y’all, the justifications for using them still sound pretty darn good to my mind. Many of these games aren’t available to buy legally. The copies that remain are sold by third-parties, so the original publisher/developer still won’t see any money from them. To me, emulation and ROMs are critical for preserving video game history. The only problem? They’re still 100% illegal. Gwargh!
I deleted them all that same morning. I had so many games! Gigs upon gigs were thrown into the recycle bin. That day, I was reeling. I had no idea what I was going to do. Still don’t, really. But when I asked the Lord if He wanted me to continue with Sega Does, He said yes. I know the concept of God approving of a video game blog is weird. I’ve wrestled with it for years (“God, do you really want me to pursue such a bizarre passion project?”) and only recently have I found peace.
I presumed that I would be depressed for awhile after I rid myself of the ROMs, but the day after I got rid of everything, I felt brighter and spiritually cleaner. A weight that I didn’t realize was upon me has been lifted. This is a mystery that’s difficult to explain. Now, because I have dealt with the sin that the enemy was (rightly) accusing me of, I can carry more of Him, which is what I want in my life anyway. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.