I have to admit I read The Hunger Games books and I liked them. When I was reading them I was totally thinking about the plot as a fictional game.
A few weeks ago one of our ministers, Jason, preached a sermon that really hit home for me. It was about how our society has been desensitized to the sins of the world. He talked about how 50 years ago you would have never seen a woman wearing clothes that were revealing. Our 7 year olds are now wearing clothes that are totally inappropriate. In fact, it is hard to find things for your child to wear that their backside isn't hanging out of.
You know why?
Because we buy it.
If we refused to buy suggestive clothing the industry would no longer have a reason to sell it. But, because we have seen it for so long we no longer think it is a bad thing.
"Well, if everyone else's kids are wearing it, it has to be okay for mine too." I wouldn't want them to feel different, right?
Well, guess what? I want my kids to feel different. I want them to know that they don't have to have their butts hanging out to get noticed. I want them to be noticed for their shining personalities or their funny jokes. Is that wrong? I know that I am totally in the minority. I get it.
The Hunger Games, if you haven't heard of it (you would have to be living under a rock to not have) is a movie about a society that is in the future. America has been destroyed and is now divided into 12 districts. Some are wealthy and others are not. But all are completely controlled by a dictator government. Because the government doesn't want any chance of rebellion, every year there is the hunger game. 2 children, a boy and a girl, from each district is picked to fight to the death in a game where everyone in the country is watching. Your name is able to be picked when you turn 12 years old until you turn 18.
The books were very graphic. It told exactly how each child died. The plots to kill each other was horrific. Like I said, when I was reading this, it really didn't bother me. I kept thinking, well, that isn't going to happen so it's okay. I've seen lots of shows where people kill each other, right? I've read lots of books where this happens too. See, because I've seen it so many times, it really didn't affect me when it turned to children killing each other.
Let me put it this way. Do you cringe when the news says a child has been killed? I know I do. It breaks my heart. I pray for the parents and think, What if that were me? I would be devastated.
So, why are millions of people running to the theaters to see children killing each other? What kind of entertainment is that? I believe it is because we have became so insensitive to how people are treated that it no longer affects us.
As long as it doesn't affect US.
After hearing the sermon about this, I decided that from now on, my children and I will only watch things that would please God.
We don't watch shows that the kids disrespect others because I don't want my kids disrespecting anyone.
We don't watch shows with bad language because I don't want my kids using bad language.
And we most definitely will not be watching (or reading the books) a movie about 24 children who kill each other.
I know it isn't real. My children would probably realize it isn't real. But, it isn't right so we are not going to do it.
You can decide for your family. That's what's great about America. We have the freedom to do what we want.
Hopefully, we never get to be a society like the one portrayed in The Hunger Games, huh? Instead of deciding if we were going to see a movie, we'd be praying our children weren't picked to be a part of the game which would end their lives.
You know why The Hunger Games is going to, sadly, be a huge movie? Bigger than Courageous.
Bigger than Fireproof?
Because people are going to pay to go see it. If we refused, it would make the industry spend more money on movies that would be good for families to watch together.
You can read the Christian Movie Guide review here.