Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones?
Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on TV. The epic medieval fantasy show has everyone talking. It’s popular and engaging, with story lines that have people flooding social media with their love of the show.
But is it an appropriate show for Christians to be watching?
First up, it’s worth noting that here in Australia, Game of Thrones is an R-rated show. That means that the Australian ratings board have deemed it inappropriate for anyone under 18 years of age. And I don’t think anyone would be arguing that this is a show suitable for children. However, because of the content of the show, I think Christian adults should be thinking much harder about whether the show is appropriate to watch at all.
The main reason I say this is because of the high level of sex and nudity present in the show. Patricia Weerakoon, sex educator, researcher and therapist, has go on record to say that Game of Thrones should be considered pornography. And if anyone is qualified to say that, it’s her.
Here’s what she had to say:
To all you lovely people: I would class GOT (Game of Thrones) as pornography. Huffington post has 16 minutes of collected sex scenes from (I think series 1&2) It has full frontal nudity, gang rape, incest, lesbian sex, voyeurism & BDSM.
Think – just for a moment – is this the sort of gratuitous sexual activity you want your children to get their sex education from?
Of course we all make choices what we feed our brain and wire into our sexual desire pathways. And what we expose our children’s developing brains to.
I will continue to speak to Philippians 4:8 as a basis for what we should be feeding our brains and those of our children.
You are welcome to choose.
From the few episodes of Game of Thrones I’ve seen (the first two episodes of season one), I’d have to agree with her. In fact that’s the main reason why I stopped there and have not watched the rest of the show. In those two episodes there was more than enough sex nudity to make me say enough was enough. But that makes me wonder – why aren’t I hearing of more Christians saying that they have taken a similar stand? Every time I hear of my Christians friends watching this show, I wonder how they are not disturbed by this issue. Paul calls us to “Flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18) but I don’t see a lot of fleeing. I hear Christians justifying their viewing habit, saying “It’s a good story” but I wonder if that’s the equivalent of saying you read Playboy magazine for the articles.
I think Christians need to think a lot harder about watching Game of Thrones. And to be honest, that means I need to think a lot harder about other shows and movies I watch. At what point have I crossed the line into sexual immorality? I’m sure that I’ve crossed it too many times with my viewing habits and just written it off. 1 Corinthians 6 tells me I should be paying a lot more attention.
Last week I recorded a video on this topic. Keen to hear your thoughts. Let’s start the discussion – should a Christians be watching Game of Thrones?