HBO's Game of Thrones has become famous for its steamy sex scenes as well as its thrilling plot, factors which probably helped make it the network's most-watched show ever.
For some, however, the gratuitous nudity and sexual content is a total turn-off. Christian preacher John Piper even likened watching Game of Thrones to "recrucifying Christ" in a blog post called, "12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones.'"
The first question he posed was, "Am I Recrucifying Christ?" to which the response was:
Christ died to purify his people. It is an absolute travesty of the cross to treat it as though Jesus died only to forgive us for the sin of watching nudity, and not to purify us for the power not to watch it.
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.
Piper continued to emphasize the importance of purity in the rest of his post, encouraging young Christians to ask themselves when confronted with sexual content, "Would I be glad if my daughter played this role?"
Game of Thrones isn't the only problem, according to Piper, who also criticized entertainment media in general for showing nudity. He exhorted his followers to resist these temptations, declaring, "The world does not need more cool, hip, culturally savvy, irrelevant copies of itself."