Board games are a great way to spend time with your family. Cards Against Humanity, however, is full of raunchy sexual phrases, swear words, and more.
from contributing writer Laura Glenn
In the age of technology, parents are practically begging their children to get off the phone, or turn off their gaming system. All they want is for their child/teen to engage in the world around them. One way my parents were always able to get us away from the television was through playing games. At these game nights, we would have all of the teens/young adults bring a snack and a game to share and then we would play games all night long.
What happened at a recent game night…
At one of these game nights, we were settling down to play a game that someone suggested called, Cards Against Humanity. (WARNING: If you click link you will see raunchy phrases galore) If you have never heard of this, don’t worry, I will explain later. This game brought about lots of laughter and smiles. I played for awhile, but then I decided to play a different game in another room with other friends.
The end of the night rolled around and I found out that Cards Against Humanity had gotten out of hand, and my mom had put a stop to the game. One of the girls at the party went home feeling dirty. I immediately felt sorrow for this girl. My sister told me that her friend felt this way because of playing Cards Against Humanity. I felt terrible. I had played this game. I had laughed at this game, and this same game, made my sister’s friend feel dirty.
What is Cards Against Humanity and what can my family play instead?
This game can best be described as an adult version of Apples to Apples. Basically, someone is the judge and they lay down a phrase such as “Hey baby, come back to my place and I’ll show you my…” Then all the other players lay down a card that they think will best finish that phrase. The judge will then pick a card to finish the phrase and that player wins the round. As you can imagine, this game could get dirty fast.
I’ve done some research on the cards that are included in this game and if you’d like to see other phrases that contain sexual content, lower standards of morality, and promote degrading people in leadership, etc. you can click here to view what the game entails.
Cards Against Humanity is not the only “Adult” game out there. Your buzz words for these types of games are:
- After Dark
If you decide to not let your children play Cards Against Humanity, there are some other options that are very similar but much cleaner than this game. These include: Apples to Apples, Bubble Talk, and Say Anything Family.
What can you do to learn about what your teen is playing?
Honestly, the best advice I have for this is to just talk with your teens. Get involved in their lives. Get to know their friends. Maybe even have a game night! If you take the time to form that bond with your children and you are open about this area of their lives, then they will be open with you about what they are playing.
Additionally, I would advise you to do research on what potential threats could negatively impact your family. Follow people like Tina Griffin AKA Counter Culture Mom and other reliable resources such as Todd Friel and Carl Kirby.
While doing my own research for this game, I found that Christians have very little to say. What I did find was someone who wrote an article on “The Daily Dot.” This author does not appear to be a Christian and she uses some foul language, but her article is titled, “Why I Quit Playing Cards Against Humanity.” This author has different reasons for why she doesn’t like the game, but she still came to the same conclusion.
Going back to my story from the beginning, after that moment, I decided to be more careful about what types of games I play with people. In this group that played, there were older believers, older nonbelievers, and young believers. The young believers were the ones who were impacted the most.
The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” As Christians, it is our duty to keep this verse in the forefronts of our minds. If playing this type of game causes you to think ungodly thoughts, this game is not for you. A few minutes of laughs is not worth causing your mind to think impure thoughts or causing your heart to feel dirty.
Talk with your children about this game and others. Measure everything by the Bible and through prayer and the Lord will surely show you the way.
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Laura Glenn is the contributing writer for this article. She is a junior at Missouri Baptist University, who is currently studying Music with Business Electives. She has enjoyed writing from a young age and is now employed as a writing tutor at her university.