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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