How should a Christian view Game of Thrones?


Clarify Share Report Asked April 14 2014 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Shanna Duck "Let a search be made in the royal archives..." Ezra 5:17 NIV
From what I know of this program, I think it parallels what the Bible and history teach about human nature: human beings without God are corrupt and their capacity for sin, violence, and depravity seems to know no bounds whatsoever. I think it may also reveal how different our "Christianized" American culture is (although it certainly has serious imperfections and standards of morality are decreasing) from some of the excesses of the past. Most of us here in the U.S. really DO live in a relatively safe, non-violent, and usually lawful pink-cotton-candy age, and we should be grateful for this mercy. 

Game of Thrones reminds me of 2 Tim 3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God...

And of Gal.5 : 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Unfortunately, Game of Thrones' story about Machiavellian leaders struggling for power may pale in comparison to real historical events. (After all, there are plenty of real-life events that could not be shown on TV even today.) To some of the Roman Emperors, the Borgias, and other royal families of Europe, Game of Thrones could be renamed "Monday Morning's Business as Usual." To a Renaissance Englishman (or child) who'd just seen a real man burned at the stake or drawn-and-quartered, Game of Thrones' violence might seem a bit tame, and some of the Roman Emperors wouldn't even shrug at the debauchery. Even the Bible contains accounts, such as the events in Sodom and the cannibalism during war-sieges, that reveal the level to which human beings can descend. After all, God sent the Flood simply because man's wickedness was SO great and "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." 

As a program, I'm not sure that watching Game of Thrones offers any edification or value to a Christian; it's man's depravity without the truth that the wages of sin is death or the Gospel that promises that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." A study of Biblical and secular history might be more beneficial and at the same time less likely to stir up the flesh. 

There may be witnessing/teaching opportunities to young adults/adults, however, where you might mention this show and connect it with real-life historical events 
1) to help counteract the current unbiblical humanistic view that people are "naturally good" and that money and education will somehow solve all crime and violence. Even some churches have this "f'm okay/You're okay so you don't really need to be saved" mentality. Any honest person convicted by the Holy Spirit KNOWS he's NOT OKAY and realizes that "there but for the grace of God go I." 
2) to stem the common misconception that somehow people in the past were ALL morally superior than we are today. 
3) and to help people realize that there still ARE really evil people in the world who're still willing to do very evil things (i.e. the Dear Leader of North Korea) and kill lots of people in the process. Some U.S. citizens, although they study about events in Russia, Germany, China, Cambodia, and North Korea, are so deceived that they think "that could never happen here." So they forget to watch, pray, and do what God has called us all to do as good citizens of a republic: study the candidates and vote.

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