I have heard it all from the populace because every one appears to have an opinion on the new craze of chasing Pokemon. Some think it is a waste of time and ridiculous, and others think it is fun. At first I thought it was silly, but then I thought about some of the silly and stupid things we did for fun growing up.
So maybe, chasing Pokemon is not as bad as some people think.
Like any activity in our lives we do to relax our minds, for enjoyment, or to exercise our bodies; i.e. kayaking, running, dancing, Facebook, Twitter, etc, moderation is the key. Because too much of one thing, clouds our view of God and the world we are living. Focus and dedication are great attributes, unless they engulf every aspect of your life.
In the bible we are told…
“Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:5
“And every man who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things.” 1 Corinthians 9:25
Good words to remember.
I want to give you some statistics on “chasing Pokemon.”
- It was the highest grossing mobile app in the US, 13 hours after its release.
- 21,000,ooo average daily users of the app.
- The hashtag #GoPokemon was used 5,982,616,734 times the first week of its release.
- Businesses are finding ways to make those chasing Pokemon into new customers. Giving a discount for customers who find a Pokemon in their establishment, or being a PokeStop.
Pretty popular wouldn’t you say?
Now, I know there have been some circumstances where crime or violence has taken place during these chases. With all adventures, there has to be certain precautions, for example… be aware of your surroundings, go in a group, and once again moderation! Evil can turn anything into something bad. Do not give evil an opportunity.
As a matter of fact, I see an opportunity for Christians to turn the tables. Think of all the ways you can embrace this activity into a family fun adventure. Scavenger hunts can become Pokemon hunts with the losing team having to buy pizza for the winners. Bible study groups can use Pokemon when finding bible verses for the younger generations. (You will have to print your own Pokemon and hide them throughout your youth room.)
It is all about opening your mind and finding new ways to shine God’s light onto something evil might use for its advantage. And moderation! Do it once or twice for youth groups or family night, then move onto something else. Kids get bored so easily these days anyway.
Pokemon Chasing like all the other fads that have come and gone, will fade away one day. So, if they aren’t Satan worshipping, getting drunk, using drugs, and committing crimes; can Pokemon chasing be that bad?
Once again I come back to Jesus who says we are to love one another as He loves us. And loving is understanding we are all different and have our own interests as individuals.
Have you hugged your Pikachu today?