Note: This is merely lessons thought of by the writer while playing the game.
After eating our brunch at KFC on a lazy, hot Saturday, I was introduced to a mind-boggling game called Polar Bear. Someone in the group already familiar of the game jokingly said that this one would take hours to explain the mechanics. Somebody also described it as a “lying game”.
While someone was explaining the game, I was thinking what could be its objective. I got immersed in deciphering it in my thoughts that I decided, maybe the best way for me to understand is to actually play it.
And so the game started. One by one, we were asked to draw lots to determine whether we’d be humans or polar bears. Afterwards, the arbiter asked us to close our eyes. While the eyes of everyone else are closed, the arbiter requested the polar bears to raise their hands (with their eyes still closed). The human chieftain was then directed to open his eyes to see who the polar bears were. After seeing such, the human chieftain was instructed to close his eyes. The polar bears then opened their eyes and chose among them the fake human chieftain. While all these were happening, the humans were just waiting with their eyes shut.
Afterwards, everyone was requested to open their eyes. Each person introduced himself/herself. Obviously, everyone, except for the real and fake human chieftains, told that he/she is a human. Each human chieftain then nominated somebody who he thinks is a polar bear. The nominees were then asked to defend themselves why they’re not polar bears. This is the tricky part because the humans may be confused in determining the fake and real humans. The humans who had no idea may be deceived by the fake human or polar bear might say.
As we were playing, insights based on the Scripture came to my mind.
1. If we lie or believe in a lie, we’re voluntarily offering ourselves to the enemy.
This is the kind of surrender we don’t want to occur. During the game, the polar bears would craft of ways to defend their “humanity”. Compare it to reality and you would know that many people, to be accepted, would make up stories about who they are. Some would come up with excuses or so-called white lies in order to justify their current state. But there is no big or small lie. Whatever that is, it does not change the fact that you lied. And among the things that God hates are a lying tongue and a false witness (Proverbs 6:16-17). Hence, we’ve become enemies of God as we confess falsehood.
2. If we don’t know the truth, we will be continuously deceived.
During the game, the polar bears pretended to be human beings. They would say things to convince the other participants why they shouldn’t be eliminated. The nominated polar bears wanted the human beings to believe them. Similarly, the devil is a trickster-one who plots schemes to trap us. He is the father of lies. And he isn’t a complacent bystander merely waiting on the sidelines. He’s a cunning soldier who’s always on the move, bombarding our minds with all sorts of lies. Accordingly, we must not be complacent. To combat falsehood, we must know the truth which can be found in the Bible. We must stand on our guard and arm ourselves with the truth by continually reading and meditating God’s word. It is the light that will lead us into all truth.
Hebrews 4:12 states “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” II Timothy 3:16-17 also perfectly provides that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Apart from the truth, we will all be living in a lie. And so, it is of utmost importance for us to know the Living Truth that is Jesus Christ (John 1:14). He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). God loves us dearly that He wants us to be reconciled to Him and to save us from our sins through the death of His only Son, Jesus (John 3:16).
Don’t be a polar bear. Neither be a confused human. Be led by the Truth. Be guided by the Word.