Why I Repented of Game of Thrones and You Should Too

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Let me make one thing clear about this article. I am not sharing my convictions. I am not suggesting idea’s to be considered. I am not sharing an opinion. This article stands to call all professing Christians to repent from watching the hit HBO series Games of Thrones.

I am throwing the gauntlet down. Brace yourself: If you watch this show, you are in sin and in need of repentance just as I have needed to repent of this show. 

I admit that the story is well written. Game of Thrones provides a plethora of relatable and interesting characters. The setting portrays knights, princesses, lords, and farmers. The show is thrilling and keeps its viewers in suspense. No one knows who will die or who will become Ruler of the land. However, good story plot does not permit sinful pleasure.

Game of Thrones is grossly pornographic. Nudity is flaunted throughout the show without a second thought. The shows display rape, sexual abuse, and incest. Game of Thrones is nothing more than pornography with a good plot.

I would also note the goriness of the show.The gore in Game of Thrones stands only to further to appeal to man’s sinful desire and violent perversions. Violent beheadings and vicious deaths are displayed for no real reason. The imagery does not push the plot. The violence just goes over the top just to gain shock value.

I am not completely against violence and some gore in movies. I believe it depends upon how the director and writers display the violence and what purpose the violence serves. One can level the same accusation of violence against The Lord of the Rings. However, I find it is easy to distinguish how Aragorn selflessly putting his life at risk doing battle with Orc’s for the liberation of middle earth is far nobler than the conniving murdering for selfish gain displayed in Game of Thrones.

As a Christian, we are called to Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but insteadexpose them (Eph 5:11). There is no way a Christian can justify looking at this pornographic show and say he has committed no sin. We should follow the example of Job. Rather than looking at a woman with lust, he made a covenant with his eyes not to do such a thing and offend God (Job 31:1).God also says he hates violence. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man (Psalm 5:6). If you have an abundant love of gore you ought to examine what is in your heart. 

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I understand Game of Thrones appeal. I too used to watch the show. I told myself the same lies you are telling yourself. I resolved to skip past the nudity. I promised to just enjoy the plot. I told myself that the show could be redeemed. Those were all lies. When I realized how much the show entertained my own lust filled desires I had to stop. It is true that certain aspects of culture may be redeemed by Christ. However, it is equally true that some must be burned at the stake. Game of Thrones should be is in the latter category.

My brothers and sisters, we are called to sobriety. Do not become so enslaved to a good story plot that you justify sin. Do not be enticed by the desire to “fit in” that you become willing to prostitute out your mind to wickedness. Can we who have been set free from sin really look at that sinfulness on our TV screen and say, “This is good?”

Challenge

If you think I am just being legalistic than do this, compare Games of Thrones to the Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Go read it Matthew 5-7 and tell me Jesus would approve of you watching this show. Tell me if you really see the same God who said not to lust after a woman in your heart approves of the nakedness portrayed by this show. That is my challenge issued to you the hard-hearted reader. To you who is convicted, know that your sins are forgiven if you have placed your trust in Christ. Go and sin no more.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-3

Grace and Peace. 

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