Pokemon (short for "pocket monster") is a current phenomenon including video games, a cartoon TV program, as well as a game played with trading cards. This multi-billion dollar market has captured the attention and devotion of children in Australia, Japan, the U.S. and is slated for release in other parts of the world. The creators of these little creatures (with mystical abilities of evolution and supernatural powers) have made no claims of allegiance to the God of the Bible. So I ask, can they be trusted? I believe there is more to these japanimated creatures than meets the eye. Unsuspecting parents may allow their children to participate in trading cards, video games, and cartoons which are actually a hidden doorway to "Spiritual wickedness in high places". If I had time and space I could present a convincing argument that this phenomenon is preparing its participants for involvement in other vices such as magic cards, Dungeons and Dragons, the occult, and Satanism. (You may wish to log onto Kios Ministries for a more exhaustive study on the topic.
In light of the sadistic possibilities of these increasingly popular critters let me offer a few biblical principals for selecting the best influences for our families:
- Think on Godly things: Philippians 4:8 "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Pokemon fails several of the Philippians 4:8 tests.)
- Only take actions which bring glory to God: 1 Corinthians 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
- Never trust the Devil (the "god of this world" 2 Cor. 4:4): 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
- Avoid doubtful things: Romans 14:23 "And he that doubteth is damned...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
Am I saying that any child that plays with Pokemon cards is a potential Satanist? NO! But why risk the innocence of our children with mystic games contrived by foreign marketers whose true intentions are at best unknown? I say with Joshua of old, "Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:14-15.
By David Thompson