Christians have been told over and over that they should not watch "Game of Thrones." It is too violent, involves too much sex and nudity, and presents faith in a bad light. John Piper even said Christians who watch this show are "recrucifying Christ." Many of these criticisms ring true, but nonetheless, this show can teach Christians—and others in our postmodern world—one very valuable lesson: morality is indestructible.
HBO's groundbreaking show has oft been criticized for presenting an amoral universe, where heroes die and villains reign triumphant. As postmoderns love to preach, there is no good and evil. The world is run by people, not God. Those people have vastly different goals and values, all fighting in a merciless, ultimately meaningless, but nonetheless bloody, game of thrones.
But as C.S. Lewis cannily observed, even the strength of such an argument poses a problem. If the audience mourns when Ned Stark loses his head, and becomes enraged as the pompous King Joffrey tortures innocents, are we really to believe the universe of this show has no moral values? Is not our very anger at George R. R. Martin for killing our favorite characters itself evidence that we believe (as even he believes) in good and evil, right and wrong? more >>
Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame humbly admitted "I will never be perfect, but I serve a perfect God" before urging fans to "be confident" in messages posted on her Instagram and YouTube accounts.
The 17-year-old reality TV star has become a role model for young girls after rising to fame on A&E's hit series that's based on the Robertson family's Duck Commander business in West Monroe, Louisiana, in which her father, Willie, is the CEO. The starlet has also appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Just two months after posting a video on YouTube titled "Live Original," the fashion model advised her fans on Instagram to just be themselves without striving for perfection. more >>
Christian rapper Lecrae won the Top Christian Album award for his hit "Anomaly" at this year's Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas on Sunday.
"Congrats & thanks to the producers, engineers, artists, label, distribution, family & fans on Anomaly's Billboard Award," Lecrae wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
Lecrae was also nominated for Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards, but lost that category to Australia-based Hillsong United. Other nominees for that award included Casting Crowns, MercyMe and the Newsboys. more >>
Must Christians who believe the scientific evidence for an old Earth also believe in a liberal reading of Scripture? This was one of the questions The Christian Post asked of Hugh Ross, whose book, A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy, is now in a second, expanded edition.
A Matter of Days is both a critique of the "young Earth" view, that God created the Earth and universe in six 24-hour days, and an apologia of the view that there is no conflict between science and the Bible over the age of the Earth and universe. In other words, Christians can trust both the Bible and observations about the universe using scientific methods, and non-Christians can rest assured that the Christian faith is not inherently anti-science.
"The desire for reconciliation motivated this book," Ross wrote in chapter one. more >>
The author of the book When Divorce Is Right, Pastor J. Bruce Sofia, offered honest, practical remarks on divorce, including Scriptural reasons to end a marriage and what God thinks of the decision.
When Divorce Is Right is Sofia's latest book in the Hijacked Life – Rescue Your Dream series, in which the pastor lists three reasons found in the Bible as grounds for divorce: adultery, abandonment, and the hijacking of God's call. Explaining more about the three reasons for divorce, Sofia pointed out that both infidelity and abandonment cause disruption to an individual's calling and/or their walk with God.
"The Bible is the final authority on life, faith, and practice – bottom line, and when we address divorce, we look at reasons based on Scriptural grounds," Sofia explained to The Christian Post. "Hijacking of the call is also the cornerstone for the other two reasons – when abandonment or infidelity take place, how can you fulfill your call? Your whole life is poured into that spouse who is not faithful." more >>
Good news exists in Christian communities ministering to gay communities. New Testament professor Scot McKnight highlights an approach I've experienced in every community I lived in both in America and abroad. In A Fellowship of Differents, McKnight addresses how Christians biblically address "Sexual Bodies in a Church."
As is the case with most theologians, McKnight provides historical context to best understand Paul's letters to new believers. Common sexual practices ranged from same-sex relations, orgies, multiple partners, and only in Jewish communities fidelity and/or celibacy. Paul's teachings about marriage and sexual relations to the Ephesians and Corinthians were radical and contrarian to social norms: Christ followers must be celibate or faithful to one's spouse.
Not only were new believers to conform to these two choices, but Paul also instructed them "not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people" (1 Cor. 5). more >>