Me: Did you enjoy the game Prodigal?
Prodigal: It was just a little bit better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Me: Well maybe next round will be better for you.
Prodigal: I can only hope.
Me: I was just reading about some other games that are not so fun.
This is from the book Simple Faith by Charles Swindoll
Some Christians play a lot of indoor games. Among their favorites is one we might call “Lets Label.” Here are some ground rules for starting. Find someone who is different. He or she may look different or sound different or think different. It works real well if the person holds to different opinions and/or reacts in a different way than the “acceptable manner,” which differs from your religious group. This game is especially effective if someone has a mark on his or her past record that your group considers worth discussing, even if it is over and done with, fully forgiven, and none of your business (which is true over 95 percent of the time).
When we play this game then nobody wins. Not you and not the other person. Instead God wonders why is children are playing games and not just loving one another.
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
Jennifer Van Allen