Over the last few months, I’ve written a couple of posts encouraging Christians to think more deeply about their ‘entertainment choices’, especially with reference to shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, or films like The Wolf of Wall Street. In my view, it’s an urgent issue facing Christians everywhere. So I was really pleased to come across these reflections from John Piper – 12 Questions to ask before you watch Game of Thrones.
It’s an article packed with great insights and quotable quotes. Among my favourites: “Jesus has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He ‘gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession’ (Titus 2:14). If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity.”
And as one who has written about the violence in a show like Breaking Bad, Piper gives me food for thought by noting that, unlike murder or other forms of violence, nudity cannot be faked: “Violence on a screen is make-believe; nobody really gets killed. But nudity is not make-believe. These actresses are really naked in front of the camera, doing exactly what the director says to do with their legs and their hands and their breasts. And they are naked in front of millions of people to see.”
It’s well worth taking five minutes to read the whole article. It may very well help you to grow in godliness.
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I’m so glad you sent this, i think it’s so tragic how many Christians are watching and talking about GOT, it was getting to the point where I thought I should start watching just to be aware, but it’s so true that we are trying so hard to be culturally savvy that we forget to be a light. I’ve avoided GOT because of the sex scenes more because I don’t want to see it than actively thinking God doesn’t want me to, but this article makes so many good points about purity, sin and holiness. Time to start thinking more about my entertainment choices!
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