“The Game of Murder” by Oskari Esa

The Hunger Games is the new blockbuster hit and the books are flying off the shelves.  It is a story of blood and death of children killing children to win victory and fame for their district.  Or at least this is what the critics have said about the movie.  Is this the correct way to describe the movie? Also, should a Christian be seeing this movie or reading the books?

A few have said NO because we need to be in the world and not of it.  We need to distance ourselves from the culture and the message this movie is putting forward.  Many think this movie is proposing the idea of children killing children is a thrill and is a great form of entertainment.  They say it falls under the 5th commandment (You shall not murder).

But does it really fall under the 5th commandment?  No one is really dying and if people think critically about the movie and read the books, you will see that the movie is not saying we should find it entertaining watching children brutally kill children.  It is rather critiquing the way our culture looks at entertainment.

I personally do not find a problem with this movie as long as you look at it critically.  Books and now movies have always been controversial because of questionable content.  The Lord of the Flies, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and even the Harry Potter series are a couple of these controversial books.

The main character sacrifices her life for her younger sister and volunteers to go into the game of gladiatorial combat.  She saves her sisters life and she realizes she most likely will die in this “game.”  It is not a movie for the sake of killing but is a story of love and sacrifice.  We should take what we can from this movie and see how it relates to our lives as Christians.

As a Christian we are the younger sister who is going to die but Christ came and said He would take our death upon Himself.  Christ even says this about love for our neighbor, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13.   Jesus Christ, our God, became man to die on the cross to save His fallen creation.  Why should we not appreciate a book or movie that has the point of sacrificial love in it?

The Hunger Games is more than a slasher film where people watch it to be scared and to see blood.  This movie has a story and deeper meaning to it.  Should Christians watch this movie?  I think the ones that can think critically should be allowed to see it.  To those who do not want to see or think it is a sin for others need to realize that it is not breaking a law or commandment.  Young children should not see it but it is a movie that can be used to teach others.

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