- Our modern media is brimming with violence. The most satisfying and epic moments in fiction often involve violence.
- We often find violence to be funny, like someone getting pranked, but it is also used for dramatic purposes, like the hero finally getting their revenge.
- It’s important to be aware of how violence in media affects us. Sometimes violence makes for better, more epic stories, but it can also disconnect us from the empathy we need in our real lives.
Who was a villain you were scared of? Why do you think they were so scary?
What do you think about the fact that we sometimes find violence to be funny? Why do you think we respond that way?
Is there a place in your life where you could have more empathy? What do you think it looks like to hurt with our hurting world?
Read the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. We see a lawyer wanting to justify himself to Jesus. Instead, Jesus tells a story, using a Samaritan, someone who would have been despised, to expose the fake justice of the Priest and the Levite, and arguably the lawyer as well. It can be tempting to turn a blind eye to the violence and hurt around us, but as Christians, the world will know us by our love and our compassion for those who are hurting around us.