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Resident Evil 4: The Real Battle in our Culture
August 16, 2013
By Carl Kerby Jr
Disclaimer: Some of the content in this blog are not appropriate for all ages. Reader discretion is advised.
This “2005 Nintendo Power Game of the Year” features Leon Kennedy, the hero from Resident Evil 2. The U.S. Secret Service asks him to save Ashley Graham, the U.S. President's daughter from a mysterious cult.
Leon battles a bunch of crazed farmers who seem to be controlled by the bells of the town church. He discovers that the townsfolk are being controlled by someone named Osmund Saddler, a leader of a cult called "Los Illuminados." After rescuing Ashley, the "priest-like" leader faces off against him to reveal his grand and evil plans.
Osmund ["preacher" character]: I’ll take the girl
Leon: Who are you?
Osmund: If you must know, my name is Osmund Saddler, the master of this fine, religious community.
First notice the look of the "priest-like" leader, Osmund Saddler:
- He is one scary guy!
- On his chest is a deformed cross.
- His voice gives you the chills.
- His face looks as if it has no soul.
- He is definitely portrayed as a villain.
This is only one of many examples where the "Preacher" is the antagonist. In our book, It's Not Just a Game, we show how games like Halo 3, Devil May Cry 4, Bioshock, and Gun -- all have characters with the same traits. Hollywood often uses preachers as the evil character.
So my question is this... What is Hollywood's reason for choosing a preacher to be the villain in a video game or movie? Have you ever met a preacher like this? It doesn't fit with what is seen in the real world. The vast majority of preachers are Godly men. So this is quite obviously a decision to cast a negative light on a real world profession that is anything but negative.
Let's continue with this scene.
Osmund [the "preacher" character] reveals that he kidnapped the President's daughter and injected something in her neck. The conversation continues...
Leon: What did you do to her?
Osmund: We just planted her a little gift. Ohhh there’s going to be one h*** of a party when she returns home to her loving father. Hahaha. But before that, I thought I might bargain with the president for some… donations. Believe it or not, it takes quite a lot of money to keep this church up and running
Leon: Faith in money will lead you nowhere Saddler.
The "Christian" characters in movies and video games are often selfish and money hungry, willing to kill to get what they want. But that isn't the way Jesus teaches us to live. In Luke chapter 12, Jesus teaches us to depend on Him and not let money run our life. Unfortunately, in Resident Evil 4, Osmund does just the opposite and it is the job of the non-Christian to teach us that lesson.
To finish the conversation, Osmund reveals that he is using a "parasite" to control the townspeople and will spread it around the world for global domination. He reveals that Leon and Ashley have the parasites as well now.
Osmund: Oh I truly hope you like our small but special contributions. When the eggs hatch you will become my puppets. Involuntarily, you will do as I say. I will have total control over your minds. Don’t you think this is a revolutionary way to promulgate ones faith?
This is not the only video game I have researched which has Christians using "mind control" to take over the world. Assassins Creed, which we talk about in our book, actually uses a weapon called "The Word of God" to control the minds of the innocent people. In Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, God sends down an angel to earth to create the "Perfect Earth" by brainwashing the human race.
God would never condone such actions. The characters in these video games are not Christians. They show no fruit indicating such and, in fact, they bear fruit of not only a non-believer, but a truly evil person.
The God of the Bible loves us and he offers us salvation.
The Bible says in John 3:16, 17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The Bible also tells us that those who believe in Jesus Christ become a new creature.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We certainly don't see a new creature in Christ reflected in the words and actions of these video game characters.
While doing research on these games, I became very upset about the way Christians are being targeted by the video game industry. I kept thinking, "What did Christians do to deserve such hate???"
The Bible says in John 14:19-21
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
This scripture passage made me remember something.
There is a battle going on.
We see it reflected in video games, movies, books and all forms of media. Christians are being portrayed in evil ways so the world can mock and reject the God of Christians.
The battle rages inside each and every one of us. Do we want to go along with the world, hoping the world loves us? Or, do we want to put on our armor (Ephesians 6:11-20) and get in the battle? Will we stand up for Jesus Christ? Will we stand up for the Truth and Hope that lies within us?Christian, be aware, our adversary is like a roaring lion seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
We always need to be prepared to give answers (1 Peter 3:15) and stand fast in our faith in Jesus Christ.