The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games.

These three words send shivers down many spines with excitement, adrenaline, and anxiety.
Myself included.
Yes, I have been converted to the dark side: AKA, I have begun the quick process of reading The Hunger Games series.
I’m on book two. I finished the first one in a day and a half [if I had been able to sit down for hours at a time, the time would’ve been much quicker].

For those of you who have not read the books, I won’t spoil too much of the plot. There is a girl named Katniss who has to [literally] fight for her life against twenty three other teenagers in an arena, solely for the purpose of making sure everyone knows that they are in surrender to the Capitol. How is this done? The Hunger Games are meant as a way of entertaining people while reestablishing fear in their lives.

I know this is a sad summary of an amazing trilogy, but I don’t want to give away too much of what goes on. You must read it for yourselves.

As I was reading it, I began to admire Katniss’, the main character’s, attitude. She’s strong, brave, wise, and will do anything for the people she loves. She’s alert, courageous, and adventurous. The way she battles for her survival in The Hunger Games, while making sure that whatever she does is the right and moral thing to do, is not only admirable, but honorable, as well. She’s stubborn, but strong. She thinks things through, rather than just think in the moment. Every move she makes must have a strategy behind it, must have been thought out so there are no surprises that ruin her changes to live.

While reading the first book in the trilogy, I couldn’t help but think of 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Leave it to me to find a Biblical view on such a powerful and popular book, huh? 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 says, “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.”

With the tiny description I’ve given you on Katniss’ character, I hope you can see the connection between her actions and the words of 1 Corinthians 16. I don’t think it’s simply ironic that the two intertwine in a subtle way. It just goes to show you that in whatever you do or read or witness, you can find God’s fingerprints all throughout it, if you simply stop to try and find it. I’m not saying that Katniss is modeled after 1 Corinthians 16 and I don’t know if the author of The Hunger Games is a Christian, or whether or not she’s even heard the aforementioned Bible verses. But, nonetheless, the character she has created illustrates God’s word, at least in a subtle, but obvious, way.

And with this random thought officially written and published to the blog, I must now return to reading the second of the series. And with each passing hour, the countdown ticks. On March 23rd, The Hunger Games movie will officially hit theaters and I, for one, am ecstatic.
(You can click here to watch the trailer for yourself!)

Join the trend. I’m not one for following every one else’s actions, but this is definitely an exception to a rule that I so strictly follow.

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One thought on “The Hunger Games

  1. Well said… glad to read your thoughts. Leave it to the Lord, His Holy Spirit, to call to mind that Scripture passage for you. “The Helper, the Holy Sirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” John 14:26 -Love it when that happens! Katniss really did live out that passage. Thanks for writing.

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