In case you weren’t aware, The Purge is an American horror franchise consisting of four films: The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016) and The First Purge (2018), and a television series, also bearing the name The Purge. The films are based on a future dystopic America, where all crime is made legal once a year. Here is a plot prologue from Wikipedia.
In 2014, following an economic collapse and rising social unrest, a political organization named “The New Founding Fathers of America” (NFFA) is formed, overthrows the government, and is voted into office. The organization establishes a new totalitarian government and a police state. In 2016, the NFFA devises a plan to help stabilize American society and later in 2017, the 28th Amendment to the U.S Constitution is ratified. This amendment establishes a 12-hour event known as “The Purge” which would take place from 7:00 in the evening of March 21 to 7:00 in the morning of March 22, wherein all crime including murder becomes legal.
Harmless fun, right? It’s just fiction and no actual harm is being done, right?
One could argue both those points and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong. But, in arguing either, I think one would have to completely ignore a significant heart problem that makes the success of this franchise even possible. Imagine a water cooler conversation like this, they happen, I’ve heard them.
Jim: “Have you seen The Purge?”
Bob: “Yeah man, how cool would it be if there really was a purge?”
Jim: “Dude, that would be so cool.”
Bob: “If there were a purge, what would you do?”
Of course, such conversations undoubtedly include stealing and various other otherwise illegal activities up to and including murder. And therein lies the heart problem I mentioned.
How many of us are restrained from committing horrific crimes only because of the law and the consequences? How many of us would, without regard to a higher moral authority, kill someone if there were no earthly penalty for doing so?
I am not sure if the movies dig into how the characters who kill arrive at such decisions but, if this could possibly play out in real life, it would necessarily involve people naming themselves law maker, judge, jury, and executioner. And that, I’d be willing to bet, is never considered when water cooler “what if” conversations take place.
I was thinking about this earlier when I saw this.
Does anyone think a person like this, and there are many like her, would actually kill based solely on political idealology if there were a purge? Does she have enough hatred in her heart to decide who should live and who is unworthy of life and then actually do something?
Doesn’t matter if she would or wouldn’t really when, in the eyes of God, she is a murderer already.
The Bible says, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him” (1 John 3″15).
And if you entertain purge fantasies then you are guilty of murder too.