This entry comes after an epic showing at Alpha Omega Con – a Christian pop-culture and gaming convention in Southern California. I wish I took more pictures of the event, but I had to go without any extra helpers, so pics were the last thing on my mind. This blog isn’t about that, though. I wanted to show off some special story boarding artwork for a really awesome *surprise* component of Deliverance (None of it is final – it’s all as rough as can be for now while we tune it all!). The primary purpose for writing this blog is thanks to one of our awesome fans named Hannah-Sue. We met at Alpha Omega Con when she visited the Deliverance booth. She wasn’t a big gamer, but she was sharp as a tack with her question. And it is the question and the answer that I wanted to share with you!
“What is the sword of Deliverance?”This question needs a little bit more back-story, so that you understand why it was such a sharp question (pun not intended). Hannah-Sue explained after hearing the pitch of the game that she had just recently finished a church service where the primary subject was “spiritual warfare” (An epic subject, Mr. Pastor out there, whoever you are!). She explained that she was taught that the Bible was the Christian’s “sword,” the weapon that the Christian uses to fight spiritual battles. So if this was a Christian game, what was the game’s “sword?”
My AnswerIt was one of those moments where the Holy Spirit said, “Move over, Andrew… I’ll be doing the answering!” I was up in my head, but my mouth was speaking. I don’t want to sound like I’m smarter than I am, but I will tell you that I wish I could have recorded the answer. This is my attempt to recollect the answer for you all.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” – Ephesians 6:17-18The answer is rooted in the verse above – the Christian’s weapons to battle the very real darkness that comes against them. Swords, shields, or even guns and nuclear bombs for that matter, are of no use in a spiritual battle. You need to bring your spiritual weapons![/caption] Swords, shields, or even guns and nuclear bombs for that matter, are of no use in a spiritual battle. You need to bring your spiritual weapons! The verse above actually showcases TWO weapons – I refer to them as the sword and the bow.
The SwordThe sword is, as Ephesians says, the “word of God.”
“…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”Plainly, this means that the Bible is our sword. The words within the Bible have more than enough spiritual power to cut down evil spirits. In medieval times, if you are ever caught in a battle without a sword, you were an easy target. You might have armor, but the only effective tactic you had is to run! And you cannot run forever. The words of the Bible are tied into the Prayer Cards (read more about Prayer Cards here) through thematic flavorful text that boosts the epic feel of each one of those cards. While you do not need to read these words, they are ever present, and ever powerful. The verses upon the Prayer Cards are the sword of Deliverance.
The BowIn addition to a sword, you must be equipped with the ability to fight at range! Going back to medieval times, you trained with one of several weapons that could turn the tide at range: The javelin, the spear, the atlatl, the catapult, and the sling… But none ever became as famous, nor was more effective at range as an arrow shot from a bow. Many times in Ephesians 6:18, we miss the other weapon at our disposal: Prayer.
“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”Prayer is our ranged weapon in the spiritual fight against the darkness. We must wield it in order to be effective for others our of reach, or for events that remain out of our view and out of our control.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16bAnother translation puts it this way:
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”We need to be effective and powerful with the use of our ranged weapon, the bow! The Bow is mirrored in the prayer action of the game. For those of you that have played, you must fight the demons in front of you – you cannot win while demons are on the battlefield! However, the darkness that grows every round will slowly overtake you unless you pray against it.