Pokémon Go Away

by Rev Sng Chong Hui

Today I made Pokémon go away. I deleted the game from my mobile phone. I decided I would stop playing this game.

Two weeks ago when this game was available for download, I thought it good to try out this game to understand the popularity and draw of Pokémon Go.

I gave myself the vicarious reason that I need to know what this game is about in order to connect with the young people including my own son.

The game is free and easy to learn. Not much skill is required. No need for quick reflex.

However, it changed my lifestyle quite a bit. I started looking for Pokemon wherever I go. I could be in the coffee shop, the shopping mall, the park or even the church – and I turned on the game on my hand phone just to check if there are any interesting Pokemon to catch.

This checking of Pokemon on my phone has affected my lifestyle. I could be having dinner with my family and I would be hunting for Pokemon before the food arrived. My running regime became a walking regime because I wanted to “catch ‘em all.” Every time I parked my car in the church I would be collecting poke balls because there is a poke stop nearby.

To be very honest, the game does have a gripping hold on me. The obsessive draw is that you want to have every Pokemon in the index, especially the rare and uncommon ones that are so hard to find.

Needless to say, this game is attention grabbing, time grabbing and energy grabbing. And there is no end to it. It is not like you can finish the game and call it quits.

Today I took the game out from my phone. I felt such liberation. No more checking. No more occupation. No more draining of battery.

I am reminded of the Word of God:

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (I Corinthians 6:12).

I have decided – Pokemon Go Away!


5 thoughts on “Pokémon Go Away

  1. Hi Pastor Sng,

    I understand where you are coming from when you say that this game can alter your lifestyle. However, I think this isn’t a unique feature of pokemon go per se. Doesn’t other social media apps and games have the same effect? such as instagram, snapchat, Facebook, twitter, DOTA? all these things can do a similar damage and distract you away from people and activities. I think the key is not to condemn pokemon go, but to realise its dangers and exercise moderation and self control – and this applies to other games and social media altogether. I believe its possible to enjoy the unique nature of pokemon go as a game, entirely for relaxation and fun, without it taking over your life. Here’s my two cents on this topic. Cheers!


    • I agree with Ian here. I think there are positive aspects of the game that are noteworthy; drawing people out on the streets instead of being cooped up at home, making people walk to hatch an egg, I see parents discussion with their kids on how to play the game. As with every other popular games as Ian pointed out, the key is to exercise self-control, to know when to put aside the phone and treasure interaction time with loved ones.


  2. I was having dinner with some friends at Changi Point last night. There were a group of people, near a hundred of them, male and female standing by the road side glue to their phone and playing pokemon. What a sad sight, they stood there like zombie.


  3. I have to remind myself of this verse from Corinthians 6 many times in a week, because I have a personality that gets easily addicted. Yesterday, more than Pokemon, it was Ferrero Roche! I could not stop at 3. I had to force myself to stop at 6. As such I’ve to thank God that giving me the self-control from sex outside marriage, gambling, alcohol or smoking. And may God give me the self-control to exercise and eat with wisdom, as well as to strengthen me against computer games (age of empires and brave frontier on the hp) and to spend time in His Word. The problem I think is naysayers don’t teach with grace or shepherd. If not Pokemon, what is there to enjoy in the surroundings? We live in such a built-up harsh city… Our sterile gardens have no life, no animals…. Not even worms, let alone birds.


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