Spiritual Practice


Christina Martin

When I first heard of The Hunger Games, I read all three books in a week. They were fantastic; I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out. When it did, I went to see the film with a friend. It was great! The movie captured the fight scenes exactly, and I couldn’t stop crying when Rue died.

Then I started thinking: What if something like The Hunger Games actually happened? What would I do? Would I stand up for someone I loved? Could I kill another human being for the entertainment of others?

I looked again and saw people being mistreated everywhere on earth. They were crying, but no one was there to offer comfort, and those who mistreated them were powerful.
Ecclesiastes 4:1 (CEV)

Reflecting on what we consider funny or entertaining makes me wonder where we are headed as a society. Ecclesiastes 4:1 says, “I looked again and saw people being mistreated everywhere on earth.” Could I stand up against the direction society is taking? Let’s not let ourselves get so wrapped up in society’s games that we can’t stand up for what we know is right.



REFLECT: What do we find entertaining? How do movies reflect the society in which we live?

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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