What Should We Do about Game of Thrones (and the Like)?

John Piper has piped up about his view of Game of Thrones (and other TV shows and movies with sex and nudity). Here is John Piper’s view: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-watch-game-of-thrones

I personally have not seen it, but I’ve heard there is a lot of sex and nudity in it (Canada even rated it 18+, which is the equivalent of an R in US’ ratings). As with any other TV show and movie out there that has sex and nudity, it fits the definition of a Biblical sin. Any sin that we commit is, in a sense « re-crucifying » Christ. To watch programming like it is to commit a sin.

Along with trying to define our own morals, we may not like the term « sin, » but whether we like it or not, our thoughts can be sin. I’m as guilty as any with my thought life, and I try to control my thought life as well. It’s a struggle sometimes, but often the right thing is the hardest thing. The culture we live in has gone contrary to the life God wants us to live, so even our peer influences may try to bring us down, putting sex as something casual rather than something that should be in a committed marriage. In the end, however, morality is not something defined by culture, rather something that transcends culture.

So, you say, what can I do about it? First of all, you can choose not to watch it. Choose not to watch any films or TV shows that have it in them. I can assure you you will find some. It is harder this way, trust me, I know first-hand, but in the end you will have a clear conscience about your choices. Second, you can encourage others to choose not to watch them, either. The reason there is a prevalence of sex/nudity/sexual innuendo in films and on TV is because of the audience’s interest. Get others to join by refusing to watch, rent, or buy movies and shows with sex and nudity and innuendo.

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Me Voici Pour Louanger le Dieu Très-Haut

Me voici pour louanger le Dieu Très-Haut
Pour sanctifier Son nom comme il faut
Le Dieu Créateur, Il me connaît
Mais en même temps, Il reste Saint.

Jésus montrait l’humilité mais en même temps,
Il démontrait Sa gloire qui est débordant
Son amour vers nous dure sans fin
Afin que nous serons avec Lui enfin.

Pour montrer Sa gloire, Il est mort pour nous
Sur la croix Il S’est versé mais restait silencieux
En ressuscitant du tombeau Il dévoilait
Que Son pouvoir venait de Son Père Parfait.

Le Dieu de grand amour nous a tant aimés
Une geste qui nous est démontré
Non pas à cause de nos achèvements
Mais parce qu’Il nous aimait premièrement.

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Here I Am, Lord, Use Me

Here I am, Lord, use me
Made to do Your Will.
Mold me, make me, fill me
While I’m sitting still.

Give me eyes to see the blind,
the orphans, and the poor.
Give me patience so I’ll find
What you have in store.

Give me this day my daily bread,
But give it to others, too,
So that we will all be fed
And be ready to hear you.

Here I am, Lord, use me
Hear this, Lord, I pray
Mold me, make me, fill me
And help me live day by day.

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The Missing Ingredient in Our Prayer Life

I am working on a new book entitled The Missing Ingredient in Our Prayer Life. A few months ago, I came across a passage in the Bible that left me a little confused. It is James 5:16. A more careful look at it gave me some new insight. I have heard it taught before, but I had not realized how to apply it to my prayer life. A brief summary is sincerity, praying without ceasing, and seeking God through prayer.

http://www.jeremygwoods.com/the-missing-ingredient-in-our-prayer-life.html

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More of You, Less of Me

Here is yet another song I wrote today:

More of You, Less of Me
By: Jeremy G. Woods

More of You, less of me,
Jesus, Lord, this is my plea,
Change my heart and make me clean,
Make my life be all for Thee.

Take my talents and my time
Make me be forever Thine
Into your hands I commit
All my life to you submit.

Give me wisdom, Give me life,
Take away all of my strife.
And forever let me see
Glimpses of all of Your glory.

Send me ‘round the world to share
Of Your majesty, which none compares
Shine Your light, this is my plea
So others can see You in me.

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Turned and You Were There

This is the lyrics to a song I am working on writing. I have the tune in my head, now I just have to get it down on paper:

Turned and You Were There

By: Jeremy G. Woods

I was wondering who would save me.
I was wondering if anyone cared for me.
I was wondering if someone would save me.
I turned around and you were there.

You would save me from my misery
Turn me from my wand’ring ways
You would change my way of thinking
I turned around and you were there
I turned around and you were there

You died on a cross at Calvary
You died on the cross and bled for me
You died on a wooden tree forsaken
I turned around and you were there.

You would save me from my misery
Turn me from my wand’ring ways
You would change my way of thinking
I turned around and you were there
I turned around and you were there

You rose from the grave after three days
You rose from the grave and conquered death
You rose up from the tomb and now I can say
I turned around and you were there
I turned around and you were there
I turned around, you were always there.

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Waiting on God

Waiting on God

In today’s culture,
waiting is outdated.  You can pay the amusement parks to let you skip
lines with a fast pass, you can pay for a device that lets you skip
commercials on TV and get back to your show, you can communicate with
friends in a matter of seconds rather than waiting a day for you to get a
letter to them (or at most, about a week, maybe a week and a half). 
Instead of getting a movie from Netflix at your home by mail in a matter
of one or two days, you can now stream movies and TV shows directly to
your home from Netflix.

In this kind of culture, who has time to wait
on God?  Can waiting on God all of a sudden become a matter of seconds,
rather than a matter of days, weeks, months, or years?  “Get with the
program, God” isn’t going to cut it.  Our generation is going to miss
out on hearing from God unless we can get ourselves back to a culture of
waiting.  Sure, it does have a hard price to pay when we want something
and want it now.  However, what good comes out of something being
quick?  Does God show up in a microwave culture?  Maybe, if He does, are
we truly going to hear Him, and especially, are we going to be willing
to wait on Him?  We may be one of the last generations to walk the face
of this earth.  Do we truly want to follow Him, or are we going to let
ourselves slowly become like the people in the end times as described in
the Bible?

“But realize this, that in the last days
difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of
money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful,
unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without
self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of
godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

It
does not specifically mention impatience.  However, we need to realize
that impatience is selfishness and a lack of self-control, and both of
these are listed in the passage.  In response to another list of sins,
Paul says that patience is among the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians
5:22-23).  Isaiah 40:31 says:  “Yet those who wait for the LORD will
gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will
run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”  It does
not say:  “Anyone who is a Christian will gain new strength;” therefore,
it is our duty to wait.  We are to have patience.  Where did Elijah
finally find God?

“And a great and strong wind was rending
the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the
LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the
LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake a fire, but the
LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle
blowing.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and
went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, a voice came
to him and said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

You
see, we have to be willing to let God show up in His own way and in His
own timing.  If we get too busy, we may miss His presence.


Sources:  The Bible (New American Standard Bible, NASB)

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