My first exposure to Game of Thrones was a Saturday Night Live skit, so I recognize my view could be a little skewed. Oh then there was that Huffington Post sixteen minute compilation of sex and nudity scenes from the programme. Oh and then there was that controversy concerning the rape scene.
Yeah, having never actually watched a single episode, I'll admit that my mind has likely been warped into seeing it as a kind of big budget SCA softcore erotica series -- but I'm sure it's probably much more -- although I suppose it would be just fine if it were just that anyway. Really, no problemo.
I'll tell you who's not fine with nude men and women doing all sorts of fun and visually appealing sexiness on cable television: preacher John Piper, that's who!
He has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14). If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity.Or in other words, when you're watching those beautiful fantasy-world characters get all busy with each other while secret onlookers get themselves orally busied with while others watch them through another peephole -- and things get a little tingly down there so you you start getting sort of busy with yourself, just remember that you're not just killing a puppy! Did you hear me? You're not just killing a puppy! You're re-killing Jesus, or God, or that white bird, erm... Anyway, it's bad, Christians! Stop fapping! Stop killing Jesus!
Stop ramming your spear into Jesus. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.
Anyway, he actually gives 12 reasons Christians shouldn't watch the show and I'm betting that even with the Huffington Post sexy scenes cut out he would still find something wrong with the programme. He just seems to be that kind of guy. You know, maybe it still wouldn't advance our holiness enough or something.
I have a laugh-cry relationship with all this points but here are a few highlights to consider before you can listen to his audio while watching the above scenes on mute in another window.
The defilement of the mind and heart by watching nudity dulls the heart’s ability to see and enjoy God. I dare anyone to watch nudity and turn straight to God and give him thanks and enjoy him more because of what you just experienced.Well, if I believed in God then I suppose he would have been watching me watch this programme anyway, so no big surprise for him. And Hellz yeah, I would give him a big high-five and say: "God, the human body is a thing of amazing beauty and lust is a fantastic gift and sex and masturbation are totally awesome! You nailed it! Thank you!"
I mean, I don't get his point.
When we pursue or receive or embrace nudity in our entertainment, we are implicitly endorsing the sin of the women who sell themselves to this way and are, therefore, uncaring about their souls. They disobey 1 Timothy 2:9, and we say that’s okay.It's hard for me to see if Piper has a problem with women's sexuality in general or women actors being nude or appearing in sex scenes. I fail to see how these actors do not care for themselves.
Most Christians are hypocrites in watching nudity because, on the one hand they say by their watching that this is okay, and on the other hand they know deep down they would not want their daughter or their wife or their girlfriend to be playing this role. That is hypocrisy.I'm not certain how I would feel if I had a daughter who was an actor but I tend to think it would likely be not significantly different than the parents of these actors and any actor at all who appears nude or in sex scenes -- most of the successful ones. In the end, there is nothing at all wrong with the naked body or having sex with anyone so long as it's consenting adults. I don't believe I would be as squeamish with my wife --- she is an adult and they would be acting.
However, I'll admit, I would probably give watching my daughter's sex scenes a miss -- as I would also not wish to be in the same room when my grandchildren are being conceived! Really, would you want to be in the same room as your daughter while she's baby making? (The 'correct' answer here is: 'no.') Why is this so complicated?
Why is this question only about daughters, wives and girlfriends? What about sons, husbands and boyfriends? Double standard?
It is not artistic integrity that is driving nudity on the screen. Underneath all of this is male sexual appetite driving this business, and following from that is peer pressure in the industry and the desire for ratings that sell. It is not art that puts nudity in film, it’s the appeal of prurience. It sells.Male sexual appetite? In my experience, the fan base seems pretty equal between the sexes and this Wired article confirms it.
“This kind of treatment of women as if they’re narrow, fantasy-averse, or pervy, makes me want to slowly and carefully lower my forehead to my desk repeatedly in imitation of Mad Men’s Peggy Olson,” Slate writer Alyssa Rosenberg wrote in a fine answer to the Thrillist post, adding that “there’s something bizarre about the inability to imagine that some women dig stories about swords and sorcery.”It's very possible that some female sexual appetite could also be satisfied by this programme -- a concept that some fundamentalist men likely find terrifying.
Men and women who want to be watched in their nudity are in the category with exhibitionists who pull down their pants at the top of escalators.Uh, yeah. So I guess I'll give this programme a try. I've heard good things about it lately.