June 17, 2015
The Walk of Atonement
Interesting how often the Lord’s protection is described to be like the mountains.
This strikes me in particular this morning because last night we finally had the chance to watch the season finale of Game of Thrones. The theology of the show, such as it is, should serve as a reminder of what an awesome God we serve. After Cersei’s pride breaks and she confesses her sin, she is sentenced to a Walk of Atonement. She’s stripped naked and forced to walk through throngs of people, with a nun behind her crying out “SHAME. SHAME.”
With echoes of the Via Dolorosa, her hair is chopped off; her feet are bloodied; she’s mocked and spat upon.
What a dramatic contrast to the reality of our faith. We serve a God who took our shame upon Himself. He Himself is our Atonement.
We serve a God who promises to surround us with His protection, who will not allow us to be followed and defeated by Shame. “Those who trust in Him will NOT be defeated.”
I’m sure the analogy is unintentional, but perhaps Game of Thrones doesn’t get it all wrong: after her walk of shame, Cersei is carried away by a character called, The Mountain.