Can Christians Watch Game of Thrones?
I’ve had a lot of these ‘can you be a Christian and…’ questions recently. For example, can you be a Christian and watch Game of Thrones? Although they usually come less in the form of the genuine and curious, and more in the form of the judgmental and arrogant, thus ‘how can someone possibly be a Christian and…’
So let’s break this down. Can you be a Christian and…
Watch Game of Thrones
Read Harry Potter
Like Rob Bell
Listen to Iron Maiden
Not go to church
Have ginger hair
Support Blackpool Football Club?
Yes. Yes you can. The only action that can actually and effectually make you ‘not a Christian’ is denying Christ. We are saved by grace through faith, not by any other peripheral actions that we might or might not do.
Paul was a murderer who was saved by grace. David was a murder and a rapist, and saved by grace. I’m an ***—saved by grace.
So yes—it’s possible to ‘be’ a Christian and do all kinds of things. So let’s think about some other ways of considering the question:
1. Could it eventually steal your salvation?
Well, without getting into the ‘once-saved-always-saved’ debates, it’s worth noting that the Bible does distinguish salvation (coming into relationship with God) and sanctification (growing in that relationship with God).
In the same way that the wedding it not the marriage, and your partner might still marry you after knowing your darkest issues…she might reject you eventually if you make no effort to change them and grow once married.
Being addicted to pornography, for instance, can steadily pollute and corrupt a relationship, first through secrecy, then by objectifying your partner, and finally through rejecting their comforts in favor of the Internet abstract. Thus the intimacy and commitment of marriage breaks down.
Indulging in areas that pollute your relationship with God can do exactly the same thing; leading you to know Him less, and eventually either reimagining Him into something He is not, or just rejecting Him altogether.
Does Game of Thrones do that? After reading the parents guide on imdb, I decided it would not serve my personal relationship with God, so I decided not to watch it.
2. Is it helpful?
Twice in 1 Corinthians Paul says that all things are permissible (saved by Grace right?), but not all things are helpful.