Hunger Games: Children Killing Children

Although the author of the book brings to the forefront a ficticious country with an evil government that puts these “Hunger Games” together, do we really need another violent movie that lures young people to its fantastic adventurous and violent tale?  Our culture is already obsessed with violent entertainment, but even worse now, violent entertainment using kids.  And millions will probably pay money to see this movie and in so doing, have their minds and souls “entertained” watching children and teens hunt one another to the death.  The very premise where 24 kids are sent out to hunt and kill each other and only one is allowed to emerge at the end should be a warning to the kind of movie (and book) this is.  Parents, do you want your children entertained in this way?  And kids, do you really want to see (or read) horrific child on child killing?

Granted, many would disagree with this take and come from a completely different perspective.  However, the only perspective that really matters is God’s.  For those in Christ, the question should be “What is God’s heart on the matter?”  Does God value human life?  Does he warn us about causing children to stumble?  Does he warn us about setting our eyes on things that are impure?  Does he tell us to dwell on things that are lovely, admirable, holy and good?  And doesn’t he warn us about a coming time (today even) where that which is evil is said to be good, and that which is good is said to be evil?

Just reading through Plugged In‘s movie review of the Hunger Games can be nauseating.  However, it does reveal the content of the movie and what to expect.  You can read the review here.  Bottom line: parents need to use some serious discernment in what they allow their children to view, not only with this one movie, but with all movies and entertainment in general.  And most importantly, to make sure our choices are God-honoring.  Already this is said to be a “good” movie, unfortunately even among people of faith.  But whose definition of “good” are they using?

~ by StraightUp Faith on March 26, 2012.

3 Responses to “Hunger Games: Children Killing Children”

  1. Well said, pople do not see the Evil One in our media.

  2. You do understand that the book and film use violence as a way to teach a lesson…that this is not the way a society should turn, and that ‘The Hunger Games’ within the story are decidedly a negative thing.

    The villain is the government that is putting these games together, and the heroes do all they can to prevent it from happening again.

    You should really read things before objecting to them.

  3. In response to NotAScientist: Thank you for your perspective. I agree with you about a lesson being taught here, and you’re right, it is the government who is the vilain arranging the games, so I stand corrected and have amended the post accordingly.

    I’m all for lessons being taught through entertainment. But do we really need to have our young people watch a movie or read a book like this to teach them that oppressive governments and violence toward each other is wrong? That’s why kids study history.

    There is an allure that not many discuss today. And Satan is very good at using the allure of fantastic and exciting stylized special effects action-adventure fiction that draws young people in (e.g., vampires, wizards, serial killers, etc.) It can become addictive and harmful to the soul. That’s where I’m coming from. The Bible warns against having a love for the world’s ways and Hunger Games is simply one more in a long line of the latest and greatest crazes in books and movies. It’s critical that families use biblical discernment in their media choices. But in all this, God holds parents responsible for their children and they must answer to him in how they raise them and what they allow them to feed on. Thanks for the discussion!

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