Last night the HBO series the Game of Thrones came to an end. This morning according to the media, those who watched the show are disappointed about how the show ended. I have never watched a single episode nor truly even understood the plot. Most of what I have heard about the show–its extreme violence, its accepted culture of rape and its dark outlook on life–make it unappealing to watch. This HBO series has been well followed and the books widely read by many in the American Culture. We love stories and we communicate through stories. They are not just informative, but are used to form the the way we see the world.
We live in a day and age where there is a war of who gets to control the cultural meta-narrative (the grand narrative). Whoever controls the meta-narrative controls the culture’s way of seeing what is happening around them. George R. R. Martin, the author of the series, sees the world through a Nihilistic worldview. Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless. So this should not surprise anyone that the story ends with no real conclusion leaving disappointed followers.
Every worldview must answer 4 basic questions:
- Why is there something rather than nothing?
- What went wrong?
- Is there any hope?
- How will it all end?
To the Nihilist there is no real hope and no point to anything, so even the end is meaningless.
Albert Mohler on The Briefing today spoke about this topic and said, “There is only one story that can end satisfactorily. There is only one story that can end with absolute justice and absolute righteousness. That is the Biblical narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption and New Creation. The only satisfying end–the only truly satisfactory end is Christian eschatology as made very clear in Scripture.”
That is why we must teach our children the true meta-narrative found in the Bible because only then will we find true Hope.
As J. R. R. Tolkien once said,
“Darkness will pass, a new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.”
Praying for you,