Thursday, June 02, 2005

". . .And also with you." or "of being a Jedi for Jesus?"

My family and I saw the final installment of the Star Wars series the day after it opened. That Friday was a half day at our parochial day school and as it happened there were more than a dozen little Lutheran students in the theater with us. When the first greeting, "May the Force be with you" came there was almost a collective response from the house, "and also with you."

This is not a critics corner review of the film but rather a short post about a few intriguing insights offered by Little Lutherans concerning the legend of Luke, Leia, Lando and the likes.

The one thing that is certainly with us all is the nature of sin and the pull of temptation. Why did Anakin turn to the dark side? That is a question that has been asked by more than one child whose first exposure to Star Wars was the Phantom Menace and a cute little boy flying around in a pod racer. The one thing in Revenge reminds us of, whether or not intended, is that one great difference between those who dwelling in darkness and the child of light is motive. The Sith's primary motive is self serving, the Jedi's primary motive is serving the greater good. This is not lost on Anikan, in fact he even recognizes it, yet self is that which he embraces in the end. It is a picture of original sin at its best. The desire for self that leads one to call good evil and evil good, day night and night day, the Jedi traitors and the Sith defenders. It is a battle waged in us daily and looking inside ourselves for the answer will only lead to darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. In the fast paced, action packed, fiery times of our lives we must look outside of ourselves, to He who exposes the darkness for what it is, He who is selflessness incarnate, Jesus Christ, "who came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many." (Mk. 10:45)

I doubt I'll be blogging on this again so a short epilogue to the saga.
This past Holy Week my son asked me if when Jesus came back to life he would be, "using His invisible mode." I knew immediately that he was thinking of the final scene in Return of the Jedi when Obi Wan, Yoda and Anakin make an appearance in "invisible mode." How does one respond? No. When Jesus came back to life on Easter Sunday His body was alive, healthy and seen by all of His disciples. Yet, Jesus is here today and on this holy week as every holy week he is present with us, but only those who have eyes of faith can see him, just like only Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker could see the other Jedi. So son, Jesus rose physically from the grave, he is present with us even now and those of us who are members of the "order", the church, can see Him even if it is in "invisible mode."


At June 03, 2005 11:17 AM, Blogger Pastor Seth said...

I have always seen many similarities between the Star Wars movies and our lives as Christians. The one thing that strikes me is the lure of temptation that is so strong. The dark side looks so good. As the latest movie states sometimes it seems to be a matter of perspective. We need to be sure we have the perspective of Christ at all times so that by the Spirits help we can continue to be a child of the light. "May the force be with you!!"


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