When You’re an NPC…

Since I use to play Dungeons & Dragons, the title of insanitybytes’ post grabbed my attention. The subject, however, surprised me. An NPC is someone is someone who does not read the Bible?

There is no such thing as perfect analogy, but insanitybytes picked a good one with NPC. Why do each of us need to read the Bible? Consider who controls an NPC. That person is the Dungeon Master. This world is Satan’s domain. To defend ourselves against manipulation by the devil — to discern good and evil — we need to know the Bible as well as we can.

Read Ephesians 6:10-20. Contemplate! Study those words.

Our pastors can help us to learn, but we must do the learning. Without knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, we cannot serve God well. We can, however, easily serve Satan as an NPC.

See, there's this thing called biology...

NPCDoes everyone know what an NPC is? It’s a video game character that is controlled by the game’s artificial intelligence rather than by a gamer. The creature is controlled, indoctrinated, and totally predictable in its mindless mechanical movements. It is programmed to behave as it does, possesses no freewill, and most of the time, cannot even be hacked. It’s just a zombie that replays the same script, over and over again.

An NPC is a Non Player Character.

Recently this meme has been causing great offense all about the intertoobz, especially on the left side of the political aisle, for obvious reasons. Forget politics though, I want to address those of us in faith. Some of us really do behave as NPC’s. Don’t be an NPC.

First let me say, doctrine matters. Theology matters. I’m kind of a theology nerd, so it matters even more to me.  Show me what the…

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  1. “Does everyone know what an NPC is? It’s a video game character that is controlled by the game’s artificial intelligence rather than by a gamer. The creature is controlled, indoctrinated, and totally predictable in its mindless mechanical movements. It is programmed to behave as it does, possesses no freewill, and most of the time, cannot even be hacked. It’s just a zombie that replays the same script, over and over again.”

    Does that not define a member of Trump’s base that clamors relentlessly at those rallies?

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      1. There are many thing in life that pop up unexpectedly. I took advantage of a cheap and shallow shot across the bow of Trumpsters. I read your opening paragraph and said to myself, “Self, this sounds awfully similar to defining Trump supporters. Perhaps I should post a witty reply to take advantage of the shock & awe and unexpectedness.” So.. I did just that.

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          1. Actually, given I am not running for public office, I am not required to apologize. It states that in the rule book. Because, like our Dear Leader has taught me, apologizing is a sign of weakness.

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          2. @Doug

            More NPC behavior? I suppose you are trying to illustrate Trump’s hypocrisy, but all you are doing is proving you just don’t like Trump. Except for the fact you don’t like his style, you cannot even explain why you don’t like the man.

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          1. Trump supporters suck? If that’s what you think, go for it. If you’re being funny… you’ve not been paying attention in class here.
            They are fellow Americans with a lot of ill-focused rage across a crazy spectrum of reasons for putting Trump in office. Some voted for Trump like my buddy Tom… Hillary was not an alternative. Can’t do anything about that. Some it was all about ideology… free market, perceptions of all the Constitutional amendments being tossed aside, gotta have guns and all the ammo possible to make sure government stays in line; Dems have always been the bane of the the country’s existence for one reason or another. Then you got those red staters-former-Dems who claim to be in some mode of economic anxiety because their hometown anchor industry closed down because of free market.. but they were left hanging, not getting their traditional $30/hr union job anymore; and their coal mines closed due to lack of demand but easier to blame Obama. Likely there are some other demographics in this assortment of reasons. Point being… these people need to be heard by the politicians representing them so they get their say… and if they can muster the support get whatever changes they need to feel better about themselves. That pretty much had nothing to do with Trump but Trump’s tales of fear sold a bunch of folks that his way was the only way… and let’s kick ass along the way just to be sure.

            It would appear that some decent Americans bought into Trump’s rhetoric spouting fear, tough street talk, and just plain arbitrary un-American and certainly non-presidential bemoaning that it was all about the world against America. Mexicans banging on our southern border trying to get in to rape and pillage America and have lots more babies to gobble up welfare and our tax dollars; countries like China ripping us off with crazy trade imbalances imposing the fear of our economy going to hell, then there’s the more subtle overall fear that white America (primarily white male America) is vanishing into a void of foreign languages, political correctness, anti-Biblical sexuality-gone-crazy, government having more to say about our daily lives, public education rotting the minds of our children.. etc. etc.

            Trump only cares about his base… not all Americans. Likely his worst failing as president is his excellent ability to keep the nation divided; never the optimist.. never cheerleading the country.

            No, John, his supporters don’t suck.. Trump does.

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  2. Thanks for the reblog,Tom. Dungeons and Dragons, that’s an excellent analogy. The Dungeon Master controls the NPC. Often people don’t realize something or someone is going to rule over them. Choose wisely, because if we don’t chose ourselves, it will simply choose us. You just can’t sit out the spiritual war like you’re Switzerland or something.

    I have a son who used to really dislike reading and writing. I finally just encouraged him to get into video games. He began reading the narratives, hacks,instructions, and soon got interested in weaponry, history, which all eventually led him to the bible. Today he is like, my only child that actually reads and studies the bible.

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      Fantasy may not be the best path to the Bible, but it seems to be where we start. Reality is hard to take. So we play games to practice dealing with reality. Eventually, as the games become more challenging and brutal, we graduate into the “real world”. Some, at that point, read the Bible. Why? The Bible contains the rules of the game and the strategy for “winning”. That’s better than a magician’s spell book or a treasure trove.

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  3. Tom,

    The following comment I made to insanitybytes also applies to you.

    Excellent post and in my opinion an analogy and advice we all should consider our roles as voters the upcoming election.

    Thank you.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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