Seminar warns brethren in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City of gaming addiction
By JEANNY DIZON and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: January 16, 2023
To raise gaming addiction awareness among brethren, especially the youth, from the Local Congregation of Carmen, Ecclesiastical District of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, the congregation’s leadership gathered them to a seminar on the issue on December 25, 2022.
They invited the counselor for the district, Brother Marbuen Alipin to be the resource speaker. In his lecture, he pointed out the negative impacts of excessively playing video or internet games.
“Addiction in gaming is a kind of disorder called internet gaming disorder because a person who has this addiction doesn’t have control over his or her gaming habits that results to negative consequences, including poor daily functions,” the minister said.
Brother Alipin exhorted the brethren, most especially the youth, to practice self-control and self-discipline as “gaming addiction not only affects one’s mental health, but also, the manner by which we are able to fulfill our services to God. We want to prevent these.”
“The seminar is very timely and informative so I thank the Church Administration for conducting this,” commented Teddy John Mañale, a finance officer. “Through the activity, we were also reminded on what really needs to prioritize. It’s none other than our worship of God and services of Him.”
Lorenz Matthew Cambe, Binhi president, reflected, “It’s wrong for a Church member to become a ‘gaming addict’ because this will lead to disobedience to God’s commands. This would hinder him or her from attending worship services, performing Church duties, and participating in Church activities.” — With reports from INC News Section