They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV).
Game of Thrones is done. It’s over. We now know the outcome of the struggle for the Iron Throne. My wife and I were late-comers to the GOT hysteria, but we enjoyed the show and are both sad and glad it’s done. At first I thought there were so many reasons to reject the show because its not-subtle themes of violence, sex, and intrigue were antithetical to Christian views. Yet there are also lessons people of faith can learn from shows like Game of Thrones. In fact, I challenged a pastor friend of mine to do a sermon series on several of the show’s storylines. I’ll be interested to see if he takes up the challenge.
The more you think about it, the truer it becomes for every TV show, every activity in life: ‘the faith” is our benchmark for EVERYTHING. Whether it’s a fantasy TV series, the new Alabama abortion law, where to get gasoline, or what to do over Memorial Day weekend, if faith in Christ isn’t highest on our list of filters through which we judge our activities then we’re doing it wrong.
We can have the argument about a TV show being or not being a Christian activity. Yet the shield of faith is the shield that resists for us when the themes of violence, sex, intrigue, or anything else threaten to worm their way into our homes and gain control over gullible people like us. People who oppose the faith with their parsing of Christianity or the droning, ever-constant labeling of Christians as killers and hypocrites are actually the people standing on quicksand. They scream loudly, perhaps not knowing that projection is a psychological condition, and those who would worm their way into our faith-lives are sick with it. Faith in Christ is the foundation of resisting that sickness.
I won’t spoil the end of the show in case you haven’t seen it. Personally, the more I think about it, the more I like the way it ended because it ended with a note of hope. That’s the greatest gift of all from following Jesus in faith: hope. Without Jesus, there is no hope. With Him, there is. I enjoyed the show, and I’ll miss it. But there’s always the hope of re-runs.
For further reading: 2 Timothy 3:6.
Lord Jesus, YOU are my shield and my hope. Help me to resist those who would worm their way and try to divide us. Help me to stand in love.