It seems that anything can be turned into a video game, so why not the “Left Behind”:http://www.leftbehind.com/ book series that chronicles the final showdown between good and evil?
Convert or die!
“Left Behind: Eternal Forces,”:http://www.leftbehindgames.com/ which will be released Tuesday, has gotten a “teen” rating, which means it’s suitable for kids 13 and up. There’s no gratuitous violence, its producers say.
I first read about the game in “The Jewish Week,”:http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=13151 where I couldn’t miss this headline: “Jews In The Virtual Cross-Hairs.”
In case you’re not tied into popular Christian culture, the Left Behind books are a publishing phenomenon. They tell the story of “the rapture,” when Christians are taken to heaven and those who are “left behind” have to choose sides as Christian forces battle the antichrist.
It’s a literal reading of the Book of Revelation that is embraced by fundamentalist Christians and many evangelicals, but is rejected by most Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Anglicans and mainline Protestants.
About 70 million copies of the books have been sold since the mid-90s.
The video game is set in New York City during apocalyptic times, when the Tribulation Force (the good guys) tries to save people on the religious fence from the Global Peacekeepers (the bad guys). The New Yorkers they encounter, many of whom are Jewish, according to The Jewish Week, have to convert or — you know.
Interestingly, the game doesn’t mention Christianity. But it quotes snippets of Scripture and links to a “website”:http://www.dontbeleftbehind.com/pages/aboutus.html run by Campus Crusade for Christ and another ministry.
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, the authors of the Left Behind books, have endorsed the video game. “Through this game, a seeker has the opportunity to receive Christ,” they said in a statement. “Can you imagine the outreach possibilities?Ã¢â‚¬?