Jesus’ life and teachings were viewed in his time as a revolutionary and provocative. Where His people wanted war he taught peace. Where they were rebellious against the Romans, He taught obedience. Where they wanted violent justice, he taught mercy. He was not afraid of popular opinion, which made a big impression on the leaders of Israel, both religious and governmental. They killed Him for it. However, despite the Romans’ best efforts to end Christ’s influence, He emerges from the grave alive and triumphant.
Katniss is the same way in Hunger Games. She too is a revolutionary to all the Districts of the Capitol. And she too turns many heads. It began as an attempt to save her Primrose’s life and ends as a legacy that shakes the Capitol to its core. She never expected to survive the games, let alone to win them. It was a desperate attempt to keep her sister alive.
She is peaceful and selfless, even throughout the games. Note how she never murders a single person. At the start of the games, she resists the urge to take the bow and arrows and acquires a survival pack instead. It keeps her alive. She fights to keep her friends, Rue and Peeta, alive at risk of her losing her own life.
She is also a beacon of hope for the Districts. The Capitol uses games to strike fear into the Districts to prevent another uprising. More importantly, they provide hope that is more powerful than fear. What the President fails to take into account is that hope is not a tool for control.
Hebrews 6:18-19 says, “We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for our soul, firm and secure.” (New Living Translation)
The President also underestimates Katniss’ capacity for love and mercy. When Rue dies, her grief and anger spreads to District 11. The results contrast the Capitol’s intentions. Where they want to control the people, Katniss’ influence inspires another uprising; and despite their best attempt to end her life, she emerges alive and triumphant.
In the wake of the Easter weekend, I would encourage everyone to remember Christ’s selfless love. He loved us enough to suffer and die to save all the Districts of the world.