Should Christians watch Game of Thrones?

(Liam Bell) #1

Wait, so does this mean I should cut out Game of Thrones?

How can I help a friend with an addiction to pornography?
(Josué Aparicio) #2

Yeah, it’s a possibility. The show will always be there to watch though. You don’t have to watch it when everyone does. Watch it when it doesn’t become a trigger anymore.

(Liam Bell) #3

Yeah I was thinking the same thing.

(Carson Weitnauer) #4

Hi Will,

You are asking some great questions!

You can easily find Christians who defend watching Game of Thrones due to its artistic excellence and compelling storylines.

I see the point: great art is worthy of our respect and there’s no reason a TV show cannot be great art. Game of Thrones, from what I understand, offers keen insights into the lust for power and the human condition. It is produced with excellence and brilliance. Those are all fair points.

However, I think the art is compromised by the inclusion of graphic, perverse sex scenes. I find John Piper’s 12 Questions helpful.

Here’s a question: can pornography be included in what is otherwise great art? It seems the answer is inescapably ‘yes, it can.’ I think the value of great artistry is reduced when it is intermingled with pornography.

So, I would encourage you to prayerfully seek the Lord. How will watching Game of Thrones help you grow to maturity in Jesus? How will it help you live a life above reproach? How will it help you love and serve your neighbor?

(SeanO) #5

@Will The resource @CarsonWeitnauer provided from John Piper is a great one to consider and ask some very challenging questions to help us think through this question. Another thing you may consider is the apostle Paul’s litmus test for what we should allow in our minds that he provides in Philippians and King David’s attitude toward setting things that are unrighteous before his eyes. Just ask yourself the question - is what I am watching true, noble, pure and lovely?

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalms 101:1-4 - I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.
2 I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;
3 I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.

Our eyes are a gateway to our mind and what we allow into our mind will affect our thinking, so it is important to guard our minds and hearts.

Proverbs 4:3 - Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

(Josué Aparicio) #6

I think @CarsonWeitnauer approach is correct in saying to prayerfully seek the Lord beforehand.

I believe these shows are meant to be enjoyed but to attract an audience the “sex sells” approach is the sad reality of our culture. If we aren’t spiritually rooted in the Lord, we may start to be influenced with ideas like casual sex and maybe even worse.

Thank you @SeanO for the passages of Scripture! These are very helpful :smile:

(Liam Bell) #7

Thank you everyone for the replies! I differently need to sit down and figure out what I’m watching is OK for me at this point in my life. Very well thought out post guys! I appreciate it. There’s not many places people can ask these questions without judgement let alone getting support.

(Carson Weitnauer) #8

HI @Will,

I’m glad you’re sharing these questions. I know this discussion will help hundreds of others!

Would you do us a favor? After you’ve taken some time to pray, search the Scriptures, and think about it… do come back and let us know what guidelines you’ve set for yourself so you can grow in holiness and become a mature follower of Jesus. That would be an incredible way to continue the conversation.

(Liam Bell) #9

Ok. Will do.