I know that the store has received some fire over the years for its seemingly unfair trade-off policies and store credit scales, but I can not lie; I love GameStop. I remember when the first GameStop stores came into existence in 1999 after they changed their name from Babbage’s (which I think was a great name because of how fun it is to say) to what they are today. These stores have always provided an incredible selection of game titles as well as delightful pop-culture McGuffins. For most people, however, GameStop is a place where they can go to trade in their new and used games for in-store credit that can be used for future purchases of newer games that hit the market.

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I wouldn’t mind if they kept the name.

For anyone who has ever done this, trading a game in at GameStop is less like actual trading as it is credit growth. A brand new game that was originally purchased for $59.99 at another retailer can be traded into GameStop for, at most, $39.99; and that is even when the game is still sealed in plastic. Wise gamers wait for a few years for the games to go out of production before they actually trade them into GameStop. If a rare game or piece of hardware comes across their desk, they are more inclined to trade in the games for greater store credit. Despite all of this, the truth remains that the trade-in system over at GameStop seems very one-sided, and it does not look like it is going to get any better in the future.

Regardless of whether trading is shady at the store or not, cavalier gamers who are foaming at the mouth for new games will always be willing to trade four of their old titles for enough credits to purchase one brand new game. GameStop, in turn, takes the games that were traded into them, tests them, and then sets them back on the shelf for a high price than that which they were traded for. This is what the world of modern-day game retail looks like, and it is a system that will continue to thrive for as long as the players allow it to.

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The store is brimming with great merchandise, but it all comes with a price.

As a regular GameStop consumer, I have a moderate amount of credits attached to my account which will allow me to buy a new game in the future. If I go to one of their stores and have the cashier look up my account, that person will be able to tell me how much credit I have to my name. Say I am looking to buy a brand new PS4 and I want to use the store credit to do so, if I do not have enough credit stored up to purchase the system, well, then “no dice.” I will have to sacrifice A LOT In order to get the necessary amount of credit to buy the machine. In that case, it looks like I am “up the creek without a paddle.”

Now suppose someone had a completely endless supply of store credit to draw from. They could buy any game in the store 100 times over and not even put a single dent in their amount. This person sees you in the store and comes to you with an opportunity. He tells you that you can have access to his endless supply of store credit if you so choose, all you have to do is believe that he has unlimited credit. Sure, that doesn’t sound like a hard thing to do, but then your mind gets to racing and you begin to doubt this individual. What if he is lying about having all of this credit, if you put your trust in him then you will look like a fool. That doubt comes out as a little smirk on your face as you simply say, “sure mister, whatever you say.” You don’t believe in his worth, so you do not reap the benefits.

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Abraham’s faith would be tested over and over, and he would always come out faithful!

There was a man in the Old Testament of the Bible named Abraham. He is a very important figure in the Biblical narrative because he would become the father of the Jewish nation, which would eventually bring about the birth of Jesus Christ. Abraham was called out of the land that he lived in order to follow God into the land of Canaan, a savage place that would eventually be the seat of the Jewish people. God only asked Abraham to believe in Him; believe that his will was special and that he was guiding Abraham to success and not defeat. Abraham believed in God words, and as a result, he and his family took the long journey from Ur to Canaan. This action is written about in the Romans Road.

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 4:1-3

True belief in something is a powerful action, one that completely alters the course of a persons life in a different direction. For those who have endured heavy storms, they believed that the storms would be powerful and destructive, so they prepared for the worse. They put up boards and hammered down loose ends around their property to save their homes. Their belief in the power of storms brought about their actions to save their homes, and in the same way, our belief in Christ alters our actions. Abraham believed in God with not only with his head, but also with hands, and that compelled him to follow God’s leading, and that, according to the Bible, was credited to him as righteousness.

Righteousness is a right standing before the Lord, and it is something that everyone is pursuing in a different way. The problem is that the amount of “goodness” that it takes to purchase a place in heaven is way too high for anyone to pay for. Just like the man with the unlimited credit in GameStop, Jesus Christ is the one holding all of the credit for the greatest reward in the universe; entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and our intercessor in order to access this credit. Do you believe?

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