Hunger Games Copies from Bible
The release of blockbuster film The Hunger Games was long anticipated by fans of the books, and this certainly showed in its huge opening weekend. In its American box office debut The Hunger Games racked up $155 million, making it the third best debut of all time. Sometimes we think that a good movie is an opportunity to turn off our brains for a moment, and simply be entertained: not so with The Hunger Games. Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but The Hunger Games can help illustrate a principle that is absolutely essential for Christians to grasp.
In the film, President Snow explains that the reason for honoring a winner from these games is to give the people hope. In discussing “hope”, Snow states, “It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective…a lot of hope is dangerous.” The idea behind this premise is that people with only a glimmer of hope can easily be controlled, and they only have enough power to merely get by in life. However, once people gain a deep-seated assurance in a hope bigger than themselves, they will fear no earthly authority that tries to suppress their cause. Real hope is what will make a person fight to the death against all odds in order to receive satisfaction of what they placed their hope in.
Needless to say God knew all about this truth long before The Hunger Games came out in theaters. The apostle Paul was overjoyed in hearing that the Ephesians had embraced the Gospel message. He praised God for His “blessing” and “choosing” them in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-4).
However, even though they’d received the benefits of God’s eternal plan for salvation Paul was still concerned for them. We find Paul’s inspired prayer for these young Christians in Ephesians 1:15-19. He prays that they will grow in their knowledge of God through a “spirit” (i.e. attitude) of “wisdom” and “revelation” (Eph. 1:17). If this happens then the “eyes of their hearts” will be “enlightened” to truly know what will get them through this life (Eph. 1:18).
Paul then lists three major truths that these Christians must firmly know in their innermost being:
- The hope of His calling (Eph. 1:18)
- The riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18)
- The surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (Eph. 1:19)
He begins with the fact that Christians must truly know the “hope” of God’s calling them. Without the hope that God will resurrect our dead body to an eternal reward, the entire religion of Christianity is absolutely worthless (cf. 1 Cor. 15:16-19). Without this deep-seated hope, Christians will denounce their faith when confronted with:
- Oppressive Governments
- Confrontational family members
- Religions that appeal more to our physical desires
- Opportunity to revert into their former way of alive
Before submitting to Christ we were “without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). Now that God has given us hope in Christ, we must do everything we can to solidify that hope as the core of our faith. As The Hunger Games correctly points out, with a lot of hope Christians can be dangerous in the Lord’s army.