Fear is crippling, but courage gives us the ability to stand up for what's right.
As one of the winners of the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen is put in a very tough position. She must marry a man she does not love, and serve as a distraction for the twelve districts to keep the people from revolting against the Capitol. If she does not help to keep the unrest at bay, President Snow has threatened to kill not only her, but also her entire family.
Courage, Unbelief, Selflessness, Selfishness, Fear
Having just returned from a tour of the districts, Katniss reunites with her best friend, Gale. She tells Gale how scared she is and how all she wants to do is run away and hide. She tells Gale, “The only thing that I can think about, everyday, every waking moment, since the reaping, is how afraid I am. There's no room for anything else.” Katniss tells Gale of the oppression of President Snow and finally concludes, “We have to go, Gale, before they kill us. They will kill us.” Gale asks her, “What about the other families? The one's who stay? What happens to them?” When the Peace Keepers arrive, Gale tells Katniss that he's going to stay.
Katniss is placed in a terrible dilemma. There seems to be no right option. By her own admission, she spends every waking moment afraid of what might happen. The fear is crippling, and all she can think to do is to run away. Gale, on the other hand, cares about the other people in the town, and wants to protect them. He has courage to stand up for what is right. In the scene that follows this one, Peace Keepers -- a military force sent from the Capitol to maintain control -- arrive in District 12 Gale stands up to them, defending a helpless old woman from being beaten to death. When Gale is taken to be punished for his rebellion, his actions give Katniss the courage necessary to stand up for what's right. One by one, all the Victors stand up against the tyranny of the Peace Keepers. Each one is willing to sacrifice themselves for the others. All it took was one person to overcome their fear and, with courage, stand up for what was right. Fear is a powerful feeling that can lead us to doubt everything we believe in, and cripple us from doing what is right. Worry is just another form of fear, and, at its root, it comes from a failure to believe that God is looking out for us. But 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-control. Our world is a place that is full of uncertainty, fear, and doubt. Luke 12:4-7 warns against being fearful, even of death, for we are not forgotten by God. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to to cast all our cares upon Him, for He cares for us, and Psalm 55:22 adds that He will not allow the godly to fall. And in Joshua 1:9, Joshua is commanded to be courageous in the task at hand, because God will be with him to face what he fears. The Bible does not to tell us to run away from our fears, but that God will help us to face them. In the case of Katniss and Gale, Gale's courage exemplifies what 2 Timothy 1:7 is talking about. Gale has a spirit of power and love, and the courage to stand up for what was right. In the film, Gale's courage was just the first step down the road to revolution. Now, trusting God does not mean that things will work out every time, especially in the temporal sense. Many of Katniss's friends learn this, as they suffer, and even die for what they believe in. However, the believer who is yielded to doing God's will shall have their faithfulness rewarded, here or in the coming Kingdom. In the same way, Jesus had a spirit of power and love, and though he suffered and died, because of his sacrificial love, the world will never be the same again. So, don't let fear rule in your lives, but have courage, love those around you, and stand up for what is right. If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31), and when fear comes our way, remember to stop, and put your trust in Him (Psalm 56:3).
Fear, Uncertainty, Selfishness, Courage, Sacrifice, Selflessness, Love, Self-control, Doubt, Worry, Unbelief, Oppression, Tyranny, Justice
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