** Potential Spoilers from Game of Thrones Season 6 Ahead**
Today is July 15, 2017, and in one day Season 7 of Game of Thrones will premiere. And you know what that means… All the religious zealots will come out of the woodwork and condemn Game of Thrones as worldly trash that should never be seen by any good Christian man or woman. And I will guarantee you that most of them have never actually seen it.
That’s right. Those good Christian men and women will end up judging a book by its cover — err, a TV show by some of the things they have heard.
I will admit it. Game of Thrones does have a lot of nudity and sexuality in it, more than the normal television show. It’s on HBO, so of course it will. But, if we are to be involved with culture in any way, shape, or form, we will have to be in situations that are less than ideal for total Christian holiness.
With feminism on the rise, more and more women are walking around with less and less clothing — or, at the least, with clothing that is less than appropriate.
But, you know what? To live in the world, we will come across things like this.
And Paul understood this when he said in 1 Corinthians 5:9-10, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.”
So, what is this to say? Christians are to be involved with culture in the world, just as Paul was. After all, he did quote pagan authors in places like Acts 17 as arguments for the Gospel of Christ. For Paul to have done this, some study of Ancient Greek and Roman culture would have been required. More likely, intense study would have been required.
But Christians not knowing their role in this world is not the main point here.
No, the main issue is more along the lines that these superficial Christians evade the incredibly beautiful themes that Game of Thrones so wonderfully portrays.
I don’t want to spoil too much of the show for you, so I will keep things somewhat vague. After each point, I will reference particular characters so that those who have seen the show can more easily recognize from where I get my points.
So, nevertheless, the following are some of the themes one can find in Game of Thrones:
- Redemption (e.g., Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister)
- Fighting for what is right, despite the odds (e.g., Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen)
- Self-sacrifice (e.g., Jon Snow and Hodor)
If you can’t tell, Jon Snow is an incredibly important character. And you know what, there are even religious themes with him as well.
Yes, Jon Snow could be considered a type of Christ-figure.
And for those who have seen Season 6, this cannot be even more apparent.
Not just this, but also the show deals with real issues, within and without the church:
- Genuine faith vs. religious zealotry (e.g., Melisandre and the High Sparrow)
- Grey lines of morality (e.g., Robb Stark and Daenerys Targaryen)
And with all of this, it teaches at least two solid lessons about life:
- Real life doesn’t always work out the way we’d expect it (e.g., Ned Stark and Sansa Stark)
- Everyone has a different point of view (e.g., Cersei Lannister and the Free Folk)
I have seen every episode of Game of Thrones so far. And, believe me, it is a wonderful show.
If you can get over the few scenes with nudity and sex, the show is well worth watching.
And, you know what? Watching it might just open up a conversation for the Gospel one of these days.
– The Odd Thinker