No doubt people are getting amped up again for the next season installment of HBO’s popular series Game of Thrones. I was at one time a massive fan of the series, spending my mornings at work discussing theories behind the story, excited for each new episode. Even as a Christian I knew that there was an issue with the profound amounts of nudity in the show. In fact, when a show is known for the amount of sexual content that is in it, all should take caution.
Either way I justified the watching of it. I would convince myself that I could fast forward through the sex scenes or watch it with my wife and she could keep me accountable to not look when something came onto the screen. If I saw a flash of skin I would just commit to not entertaining that image later and try to forget about it. But that isn’t how pornography works in the brain.
I can recall with vivid ability, the very first pornographic movie I watched. It’s burned into my head like a brand a farmer would give a cow. In other words, the images I saw on Game of Thrones are also there and I can recall them almost like I was watching the show anew. So that plan didn’t work.
It wasn’t until I got serious with my desire to give up pornography entirely that I came to the realization that that also included softer versions of porn like GoT. I was surprised at the veracity of defense I was getting from fellow Christians convincing me otherwise. It’s possible it was just them justifying their own feelings of guilt as I confessed my newfound distaste for all things sexual.
Though I had tried in the past to skirt around issue like this, finding ways to justify the enjoyment and entertainment of questionable material it wasn’t until I had read in scripture 1 Corinthians 6:18
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
The verse doesn’t simply say “try to avoid it” or “look away from it” the word here is pheugete which is an active verb in the Greek language. The word itself is telling you the reader to do actively do something, not to think about or consider but it’s calling you to action.
Understanding the severity of sexual immorality which includes pornography, adultery and lust etc… I just could not validate and justify my sin any longer. My conscience was seared and I knew better.