Choosing Not To


This is a page with my links to the articles I wrote about the Hunger Games, as well as a "last thought"...

I. Why I Am Not Reading / Watching the Hunger Games
II. A Hypothetical Suzanne Collins

One Last Thought

I was going to put this with my other post but it didn't fit, so I'm putting it here... {Yes, I know I'm posting this [page] waaay after the movie came out. Sorry!}

To me, The Hunger Games is about people being forced to compromise their morals (if they had any in the first place) or die.  Kill, or be killed.  Murder, or be murdered yourself.

Did the early Christians compromise their morals?  No, they chose to die horrible deaths rather than compromise.

Why then are we venerating those who kill others in order to survive?  If you were forced to partake in the Hunger Games, what would you do?  Would you fight?  Would you kill and hurt others so that you could stay alive?

That's not what Jesus did.

Jesus didn't fight.  He willingly let people mock Him, beat Him, spit on Him and drive a crown of thorns into His head.  He let people put nails in his wrists and ankles and hang Him on a cross.  He was God's Son, at any moment he could've made them stop.  But He didn't.  He didn't stop them because He loved you.  He loved you even more than He cared about what was happening to His own body.  He let Himself be separated from His Father so that you could have a relationship with Him.

Somehow I don't think grabbing your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and heading off to the movie theater to watch teens kill other teens is very honoring to Christ.  Check out 1 Corinthians 10:31...

 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

And Colossians 3:17...
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Think about it.  Is joining in The Hunger Games really glorifying God?  Is it really a great way to give thanks to God for Jesus' sacrifice?  We are supposed to whatever we do in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Would you really go to The Hunger Games in the name of the Lord Jesus?

Jesus didn't stay dead.  He rose again.  He conquered death.

A book series about a sick society is not going to make a sick society better.  Our sick society needs Jesus. His death and resurrection is what will redeem us.  Only Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), who turned death upside-down can save and heal our immoral world.


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