God and Flappy Bird: What You Need To Know

A screenshot of the game Flappy Bird.

A screenshot of the game Flappy Bird.

Flappy Bird is the newest game craze in the mobile world today. With over 50,000,000 people who already downloaded this app, there is no doubt that it has made a great dent on mobile gaming. This game is so popular and addictive that one source says that Flappy Bird rakes $50,000 a DAY from in-app ads!

Interestingly, the creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, didn’t like the fame his game is getting now. One of his tweets says, “It is something I never want”.

My Flappy Bird Experience

I first heard of Flappy Bird from my girl friend and I don’t have any idea what it is. Then, I heard it on TV, read it on social media, and heard of people talking about it on the streets.

So I finally went to Google Play and downloaded the game. At first, I thought it is one of those games from my childhood years with the over-simplified graphics. While I’m getting familiar with the game, I find it very challenging! So I tried one more time, then another, then I find myself torturing myself with this very difficult game and I even wonder why I keep on playing it. I never played it too much and my ego was hurt to learn I could only get until level 3! Lol! I know it’s too low, but hey, I don’t plan of playing the game anymore. 🙂

God and Flappy Bird

Just like any game, we play to be amused and entertained. I know Flappy Bird is a harmless game that can be fun and challenging at the same time. However, there is one big problem with this game.

It is addictive.

God does not want us to spend our time with mindless games. But let me make this clear, playing Flappy Bird is not a sin. What makes it bad is when you get too hooked with it and the game starts to affect your activities of daily living.

Since Flappy Bird can easily be accessed through mobile devices, what we thought to be just a simple game can easily consume much of our time – time that should have been used for other profitable things.

You can play Flappy Bird all you want, but at the end of the day, what does it profit you? Yes, you get entertained, amused, and challenged. You might even tell yourself that you are better than your friends or you improved your “mind-finger” coordination.

However, I believe that the negative effects of playing addictive games outweigh the positive effects.

Advice and thought to ponder

So I advice that you play Flappy Bird. I play it once in a while as well. But don’t spend too much playing this game or any other addictive game with that effect.

God will be more happy and pleased with us if we spend our time wisely. Read your Bible instead or go out there and play with your kids, friends, and pets. Remember that once time passes you by, you can never get it back.

Let me leave you with this advice from the apostle Paul.

“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

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