Pokemon Go and Evangelism


Have you noticed people wandering around town, heads down and cell phones out? You may think this is nothing new. People have been distracted by their cell phones for years! Perhaps you have never heard of the new mobile game Pokemon Go.

In short, this is a cell phone game where players wander around the real world looking for digital monsters. It is sort of like geocaching but through your mobile device. You may be wondering why I bring this up.

This game is all the rage. Millions of people worldwide are playing, and hundreds of people here in 100 Mile House are involved. Young and old alike. As a church we often sit and ponder about our culture. How can we reach out to them? How can we reach them at their level?

In my experience Pokemon Go is a great platform for evangelism. People congregate together to play it, people from all walks of life. Conversations are started and friends are made. This is an opportunity! Let us use this massive cultural phenomenon as a staging point for the Gospel. When we ask the question, what are the people of our town doing and where are they doing it, this game is the answer.

The apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 9:22b “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” Paul was willing to go out to his community to reach them for Christ. How far are we willing to go? Are we willing to embrace opportunities for outreach? Even in something as silly as a mobile game, are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and reach a dying world?

Reach out today.