A top aide to mega-church pastor Rick Warren is advising the makers of a children's video game in which characters kill New Yorkers while shouting "Praise the Lord." When children tire of converting or killing New Yorkers, they can switch sides and command the demonic armies of the AntiChrist, and kill the conservative Christians. The real-time strategy game, slated for release in October 2006, is based on the best selling series of Left Behind novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The web site of Left Behind Games states the involvement of Mark Carver on its Advisory Board. This web-based marketing tool also highlights his role as Executive Director of Mr. Warren's Purpose Driven Church. What appears to be going on here is an old-fashioned business practice called "endorsement by association."
Wonder if Christians stopped bitching about violence in movies after "The Passion of the Christ" came out. I do seem to recall some churches in Israel... um... "overlooking" copyright issues when they decided to play pirated copies in order to meet an Easter deadline. I'm sure Jesus would have done the same thing.
Update: Does the game encourage violence or conversion? See Layman's comment. Any "independents" out there have first-hand experience with the game?