Who is your favorite character in Star Wars? When Han Solo and then R2– D2 made their appearance in the new movie the audience gave them a round of applause. The first Star Wars movie came out during the first year of my marriage. I saw it with my husband. The scenes were amazing and we were engrossed in the story. Later we watched episodes with our children.
When my husband suggested that we see episode VII on opening night I realized that the evening was open. The local theater had a continuum of times available. So we went. How would this movie compare with the others?
Leia and Han Solo have aged—as we have. Young people, a new generation, carried the action. They wondered at the old stories. Were they legend or true?
The narrative of Star Wars is based on the truth that good and evil exist. The quest for truth and rightness is tucked deep in our soul. Sometimes we have to fight for it.
The grief and pain of “the dark side” is also true.
While Star Wars refers to “the force”, the Bible teaches us about our God. The prophet Jeremiah lived through a tumultuous time on earth and clearly stated the source of truth and rightness.
This is what the Lord says:
Cursed is the one who trusts in man and who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
He will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17: 5-10
Jeremiah suffered physically. He did not have material gain but he understood spiritual life. God is the source of our strength and joy.
We went to Christmas concerts and programs this December—and Star Wars. Our joy and strength comes from God’s great gift. Jesus came to redeem us! We have much to celebrate this Christmas season.
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Great post, Carol! “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.” <— This is one of my favorite Scriptures! Thanks for sharing! GOD bless you, beautiful friend! 🙂
Tai, thanks for visiting. Have a blessed week!
I love hearing how Star Wars has been linked to your life as well as to the Bible! Interesting insight! Thank you for sharing this post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
I would add pride and envy to the fear notion– and covetousness, jealousy, hatred; children of wrath (as we–believers– once were. 🙂
Due to the recent terrorism/political chaos, my family has often mentioned the Star Wars thought, “Fear is a path to the dark side.” Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate…
1 similarity I see of the bible and the Star Wars pantheon; is how the Jedi have to learn to rely on the force (i.e God) and not themselves. The other interesting anecdote is how this central theme of the force and the main characters involved, is largely invisible or not believed by the majority of people from the Star Wars universe.
You make some good points. Thanks for visiting, Damon.
Thanks for linking to Word of God Speak. I loved the Star Wars movies – many years ago. Our son was 2 and we thought he would fall asleep at a drivein. Wrong! He is quite the Star Wars fan, right from the beginning. I think the fight between good and evil makes us love this saga. It is our saga, isn’t it?
I agree, Janis. Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed Christmas!
thanks for your perspective Carol and for recently visiting With Heart Wide Open. Shandra
Really enjoyed your post – I especially love the verses you share from Jeremiah – “blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord”. Thanks for putting the true battles in perspective!
“God is the source of our strength and joy” Amen to this! Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Him. I love the way you weave the eternal battle between good and evil into your post. It’s the whole reason we have the Christmas story to marvel at. Thank you. 🙂
We do have much to celebrate this Christmas season. Eternally grateful that Jesus came to redeem us, His people. We haven’t seen the movie yet. Maybe over Christmas break. Looking forward to it! Thank you for your words of truth and hope. Following you today at Barbie’s. Blessings!
Isn’t it interesting how often our stories depict that good vs. evil narrative? We want to see good overcome the evil we see all around us, but thankfully, as Christians, we know that God has already overcome! : )
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