Fiction can at times highlight aspects of humanity (universals) that other writing can’t. And just because a writer isn’t a Christian, doesn’t mean we can’t, as Christians, take things away from it. God has given every person a mind and a certain amount of common grace and natural revelation. As my philosophy teacher says, don’t think on a hinge (simply reacting to ideas) but think critically and take away any truth that can be found.
Now, there are many things I could focus on, but I want to zero in on the ending, the culmination of the trilogy. As I’ve said before, Suzanne Collins seems to have a good grasp on fallen mankind. It’s easy to see how the US today could descend into Panem. For many, that’s a sobering and horrifying thought, as it should be. Collins brings us through the trilogy and finally lands us at the end where everything is happily ever after and the world is full of peace and joy and rainbows and unicorns. Well… not quite. At the end, Katniss and Peeta are still struggling, their friends are still dead, and who knows if the next leaders of Panem will actually be any better than Snow. So not a lot of hope right there…
…at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Unbelievers have only this world to hope in, and Hunger Games gives a stark picture of just how hopeless that hope is.
But we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Heb. 11:13), we have something greater to look forward to! We don’t have to depend on the political or physical well-being since our hope is in Someone far greater than a mere political figure and a place far greater than any here on this fallen earth.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
So while Collins correctly shows the ultimate hopelessness of depending on earthly leaders, she doesn’t mention the One we can fully hope in.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
What are some things you took away from the books?