On my way to work this morning on the radio they were talking about all the hype going on right now for the Hunger Games movie premiere opening this weekend. There are Hunger Games recipes, a weather forecast (for a fictional book), hairstyles...you name it. To be honest, my husband and I are also caught up in the hype since he first read the book series a couple years ago and introduced them to me.
As I listened to the radio dj, I began to wonder why we are so caught up with the Hunger Games movie. We loved the book, but more than that we loved the concept of the book. My husband and I have also loved the movie, "V for Vendetta" and the book, "The Giver." What all of these three pieces of entertainment have in common is a society that is ran by a leadership that, in order to promote unity, safety and security, has limited freedoms or has created a very strict environment in which to live. Choices are made for the people of the society in their best interest, but the truth is that the people in these societies are actually in a sort of bondage, unable to think or feel for themselves. The reason these societies rub us all the wrong way is because we were meant to be free.
Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Within each of us is a God-created desire for freedom. Freedom from sin, from slavery. There is a part of us that resists confinement because God created us for freedom. The truth is though, that this freedom can only be found in Christ. The world will offer us various counterfeit freedoms, but they cannot and will not fulfill our desire for freedom.