Can a Christian Watch ‘Game of Thrones’?

Very interesting article in USA Today by David Gibson, Religion News Service. You can read it here. I have to admit that I have watched Game of Thrones. Succumbing to all the talk about the HBO show, and my love of Lord of the Rings, I checked it out.

I would be lying if I said the show is not interesting. It grabs you to see who is going to come out the “winner.” However, the show leaves me feeling really empty and down, never elated. That’s because the world of the seven kingdoms is truly godless. Yes, there are faceless “gods,” but they are distant and unreal, at best. This is a land of no hope, little morals, and with little redeeming value. It’s a world all about “me” and not others. It’s a world where I would never want to live.

We live in a world of unbounded hope—Jesus Christ died for our sins and paved the way to eternity. Yet, we largely ignore that and roam the deserts of our reality shows and made-up reality TV like Game of Thrones, with ample cable-allowable sex thrown in for no reason. We look for answers and fulfillment in all the wrong places. Even the most die-hard Game of Throne fans came away “swearing” to never watch another episode after some main characters—and so-called “heroes”—were just killed off. What do you expect in a world with no moral compass?

Yes, a Christian can watch Game of Thrones. The question is, does a Christian find anything appealing about Game of Thrones?

Have a hope-filled day!