The Dark Side. Light sabers. Wookies. Storm Troopers. The Jedi. For nearly 40 years The Star Wars Saga has captured our imaginations, and been the epitome of Good versus Evil. We’ve seen the inner struggle of men being guided by this invisible and mysterious force.
Having been around for the original, middle, and now the new series, I’m thankful for George Lucas’ imagination (now J.J. Abrams). Yes, I’m a big fan. No, I don’t show up to the theaters in storm trooper outfits, nor walk around with a light saber, but yes, I get excited about it like the next guy who was alive in the 70’s. And after seeing the flick last night, I give it a big “thumbs up!” (DON’T WORRY, NO SPOILERS HERE!)
As both a Believer and a fan, it’s hard not to notice the obvious spiritual overtones throughout the series. Lucas’ Methodist background no doubt had great influence on much of the storyline, as well as his study of eastern religions. Let’s remember, Mr. Lucas also created “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (yes THAT Ark…the Ark of the Covenant…you know, Moses?). Make no mistake; none of these movies are Bible studies by any stretch. They are completely fictional and at times the themes go against Biblical doctrine, but the influence of God’s Word is seen and felt quite often in world culture. Many times folks don’t even realize who or what they’ve been influenced by. I believe writers like Lucas, Abrams, and others play off the innate desire for each one of us to want to believe that something bigger than us is at work in this world. That’s what Paul meant in this passage:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1: 20)
Look at a couple of the interesting lines or scenes from previous installments that likely stand out to anyone with any religious background:
Obi-Wan describes the Force to Luke in this way, "The Force is what gives a Jedi his power….”
Yoda elaborates, "… For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. …. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter…”
Hmm. Sounds strangely familiar.
In reality, good versus evil goes all the way back to the Garden. Satan manifested as a Serpent and deceived Eve. He seemed harmless, and seemingly raised a valid point to her. That’s all the enemy needs to do, is to plant a quick seed of doubt or question in our minds, in order to take us down the path of destruction (Okay, for you Star Wars buffs, think Palpatine planting the seed of doubt in Anakin, or the Emperor and Vader attempting to plant the seeds in Luke’s mind).
While light sabers fly onscreen, we too have our weapon. It’s called the Word of God. And like an onscreen sword, it is powerful, and still active, and it cuts deep into the hearts of all (Hebrews 4:12).
Until the next time, be blessed, encouraged, and keep pressing on in this world where evil seems to increasingly be rearing its ugly head. Always remember that the one that’s in you as a Believer, is infinitely bigger than he that’s in this world (I John 4:4)
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