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Should Christians Watch “Game of Thrones”?

posted Aug 29, 2017, 11:29 AM by First Baptist


 

I understand Game of Thrones, now in its 7th season on HBO, is absolutely riveting television – full of compelling characters, an engrossing story, and excellent writing & acting. The series has received 38 Emmy awards and carries a 98% approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. 

 

I also understand the series is full of graphic sex & nudity – as in LOTS of it – including numerous (and explicit) rape scenes.

 

Despite this, there are Christians (both men & women) who consider Game of Thrones “must-see” television. Oh, how this must grieve the heart of God.

 

I Don’t Get It

 

As pastor & author Kevin DeYoung recently wrote: “I don’t get it.” He went on to write:

 

“Does anyone really think that when Jesus warned against looking at a woman lustfully, or when Paul told us to avoid every hint of sexual immorality and to not even speak of the wicked things the world does, that somehow this meant, go ahead and watch naked men and women have sex?”

 

Justifying Sin

 

Some will insist their conscience isn’t bothered by what they see on Game of Thrones. This is the same justification many women used after flocking to see 50 Shades of Grey a few years back. However, the conscience can misfire (Hebrews 10:22) and we don’t always feel conviction of sin when we should (I Timothy 4:2).

 

Others might object that I’m being legalistic and turning Christianity into a list of do’s & don’ts.

 

While it’s true that we live in the age of grace, God’s law still applies. The difference (for Christians) is that we obey God, not to earn His favor (which we already have through Christ), but as a grateful response to all He’s done for us. Moreover, the grace God gives us is for obedience (i.e., the ability to obey).

 

Questions to Ponder

 

John Piper offers some questions to think about with regard to sex & nudity as “entertainment.”

 

1.      Am I re-crucifying Christ? *

2.      Does watching this express or advance my holiness?

3.      Is it not satisfying for me to view that which is good & honorable?

4.      Do I care about the souls of the actors I’m watching?

5.      Would I be glad if my daughter or son played this role?

6.      Am I compromising the beauty of sex in marriage?

 

These are good questions. I know my own entertainment choices need to be constantly evaluated and I’ve found that making good ones is a never-ending battle. The thing is, we battle together!

 

 

Pastor Dan

 

*Note: Piper suggests that by choosing to “endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do.”

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