// much of what i know about Christian Ministry, i learned from playing Doodle Jump

I believe in progressive revelation, the idea that God chooses to reveal ideas and concepts to His people progressively throughout history, according to the necessity of the time. And so it’s for that reason that I am glad that I am living in 2011, because I feel as though God has lately done a great work among His people, something that will change the dynamics of Christian ministry forever.

I am of course referring to wildly popular iphone app Doodle Jump, which may be the single most important teaching aid available to Christians in the world. Ever.

Yes, I know that’s a bold statement. But I’ll stand by it. It’s that significant. Even more influential than the free version of Accordance that the app store is giving away.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of the valuable life lessons I’ve learned from Doodle Jump:

1. Always be jumping.

From the first moment you begin Doodle Jump, you are always climbing higher. And let’s face it. We’ve all been there. It’s a parallel for man’s sinful ambition and lack of peace outside of God. Doodle is incapable of standing still or resting in the peace of the Lord, his life a continuing series of escalating risks and time spent staring into the void.

It’s a haunting reminder of how things could be. Or it’s a rebuke, commanding you to be still and know God. But whatever the case, it definitely means something.

2. The higher you get, the fewer the platforms.

In the higher levels of Doodle World, there is no stability. Those platforms that seem to promise greater success or riches beyond your wildest dreams end up being perpetually in motion, unstable or even prone to disappearing underneath your feet. It’s a story that’s all too true for many of us.

You think you want a speaking spot on the New Wine circuit? Be warned. That platform might just turn red under your feet, just as soon as you realise there’s a giant three-eyed flying monster above your head. I’m just saying.

3. Beware easy solutions.

There are any number of quick-fix solutions on offer for Doodle, ranging from hats with helicopter blades on top to springs, trampolines, and jetpacks. But let’s face it, you’ve never seen the neo-Calvinists wearing them, have you, and if not, then there must be a reason. Driscoll never wore a helicopter hat. You can’t imagine John Piper on a pair of pogo stilts, can you? Because that’s not Christian Hedonism, that’s just a risk assessment nightmare.

If your power-ups promise rapid ascent but undermine the consistency of that ascent, be warned. They may just have been sent by the devil.

4. Why does Doodle Jump?

Many people take it for granted that Doodle jumps, never stopping to ask the question, “why?” But that’s is a question that bears investigation, for evangelistic purposes alone.

We understand that Doodle jumps. We can see Doodle jump. But why, Doodle, why? Did you ever stop and ask the question?

5. If you’ve made it to 30,000, you’ve been playing this game for a long time.

A score like that doesn’t just happen. It takes skill, investment and hours of work time that could have been spent elsewhere. If you’re going to be in this game and you want to get to the high scores, you’re going to have to put the hours in. I mean, we’re talking maybe even to the detriment of family, friends and fitness. This isn’t a mission for the faint-hearted.

6. Playing Doodle Jump with David Crowder’s “How He Loves” in the background makes for a whole different game.

As does anything by Jesus Culture, in fact.

7. Sooner or later, everybody drops off the end of the world.

No matter how high you jump, no matter how long you jump for or how many monsters you slay, sooner or later we all end up facing into the void. Some people react to it with calm acceptance, others reach immediately for the “play again” button in a desperate attempt to rewrite the life they have lived.

Which are you?

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So that, my friends, is why Doodle Jump is the greatest ministry aid since the printing press was invented.

But don’t take my word for it. What lessons have you learned from Doodle Jump?

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