One of this year’s most anticipated movies is The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novel of the same name. The Hunger Games is set in the distant future, at a time when an oppressive North American government rules over twelve districts, keeping them in line by enlisting two teens from each district each year to fight to the death. The story raises many profound questions, including whether there is a difference between simply staying alive and truly living. LinC addresses that question and explores the difference between being alive and living the abundant life that Jesus desires for us. Key Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 3:1-22; Daniel 6; Matthew 6:19-34; 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Next week is April Fools’ Day and Palm Sunday (something that won’t happen again until 2091). LinC will honor the double holiday by considering how foolish Jesus must have looked to the political and religious authorities who watched his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. But, as Paul teaches us, God’s wisdom and purpose often seems foolish by human standards. For this reason, LinC reminds us we should take pride in being fools for Christ.