A pastor in Minneapolis has condemned HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, taking issue with the show’s use of nudity and calling Christian fans “hypocrites.”
In an opinion piece written for online Christian magazine Desiring God, Baptist pastor John Piper chastises Game of Thrones creators, actors and fans, going as far as to accuse all parties of “recrucifying Christ.”
In response to his own question “Am I re-crucifying Christ [by watching Game of Thrones]?” Piper writes, “If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side.”
“Seeing naked women — or seeing naked men — causes a man or woman to sin with their minds and their desires, and often with their bodies. If Jesus told us to guard our hearts by gouging out our eyes to prevent lust, how much more would he say: ‘Don’t watch it!'”
Piper does not take issue with the fantasy drama’s perpetual violence — including castration, season-long torture and almost regular disembowelments — because unlike nudity, it is simulated…
Piper explains…”Violence on a screen is make-believe; nobody really gets killed. But nudity is not make-believe. These actresses are really naked in front of the camera, doing exactly what the director says to do with their legs and their hands and their breasts. And they are naked in front of millions of people to see…”
Game of Thrones is HBO’s highest rated show since David Chase’s iconic slice-of-life mob drama, The Sopranos.
Hmm. Does this say something about the reality of how high Christianity is rated in the daily lives of Americans. Are we going to catch up with the rest of the educated world and rate old-time religion as something to be studied in Anthropology 201?
And the “moral” pastor. I have to wonder how many times he’s put his heavenly feet on the ground in front of troops leaving for one of our imperial wars. Has he ever stood up for the thousands of innocents around the world killed by American “pacification”? Naked because their clothes were burned off by American weapons.