ISIS, Cyber-Demons, and Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go

In the wake of churches welcoming Pokemon Go players to their buildings, its probably no surprise that one Christian pastor has warned against Pokemon Go.

According to Raw Story:

A right-wing Christian pastor warned on his radio program that the Pokémon GO cell phone game undoubtedly had sinister portents.

Rick Wiles, who frequently warns the apocalypse is near, called police last week after spotting a middle-aged man apparently taking pictures with his phone outside his “TruNews” offices — but officers told him the man was playing the augmented reality game, reported Right Wing Watch.

That freaked Wiles all the way out, and he let his imagination run wild.

“These Pokémon creatures are like virtual, cyber-demons,” Wiles said. “What this man, Friday, was trying to find was the Pokémon demon that had been placed inside the ‘Trunews’ office.”

Wiles worried that terrorists could use information harvested by the app to target Christians.

Read more (and listen to some of the radio show) over at Raw Story.

For the record, Cyberdemons are nasty things in the Doom series of games, they do not feature in Pokemon.

Is Your Church a Pokemon Go Gym, or Pokestop?

Embrace it like these guys have!

Pokemon-Church

Here are some other random ideas to embrace Pokemon Go… (Not sure what Pokemon Go is? You might want to read this first)

  1. Offer free wifi access.
  2. Give access to some plug sockets, Pokemon Go may be fun, but it kills battery power. Help keep innocent batteries alive!
  3. Play the game yourself! Helps you talk if you know what you’re talking about.
  4. Does anyone need a glass of water?
  5. Advertise a low key event, name a time, invite people along for bacon rolls / pizza, burn some incense*, to summon pokemon, and enjoy.

Obviously it would be worthwhile installing the game, and seeing if you are on the Pokemon Go map as anything, before you do any of the above.

There are a load more ideas here at The Wardrobe Door.

What do you think? Do you have any ideas to add?