I’ve been wanting to write this for some time but kept postponing it, but today is quite significant so I decided it is time. Plus after weeks of praying on the subject, another author and pastor I’ve been following recently posted something very similar and I learned much from his point of view and it confirmed the things that were already in my heart.
May the fourth be with you; to those who aren’t fans, it’s Star Wars day. If you havent seen the movie and hate spoilers, stop now and read this after you have corrected your errors and seen the movie. (the original three. the later 3 movies never happened)
The Force is a fictional binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars universe.
The “dark side” feeds off emotions such as anger, jealousy, fear, lust and hate; the series’ villains, the Sith, embrace the dark side in order to seize power.
The Jedi’s compassionate and selfless use of the Force, aligned with honesty, compassion, mercy and self-sacrifice has come to be known as the “light side”
For years I’ve been watching Star Wars and it always thrilled me. Rooting for the good guys and seeing them win. Only in recent years though, that I started seeing a parallel of the Star Wars universe as a good analogy for the Christian Life.
I used to rebel against my parent for turning their life to God, rebel against authority and I hated the world. After surrendering my all to Jesus, I still am a rebel; a rebel with a cause. I pride myself, or I’d like to think myself as being unconventional, and this is from the music I listen to, the movies I watch, my different hobbies, and the ways I express my faith. If I won’t fight for my faith, who will?.
See, it’s easy to give in to anger, to hate and to not have a care in this world. To think “I’m right” and do whatever I want to please myself, to get ahea id in life in any means and not deal with the consequences of other people.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God wants the best for us and we hold to His promises, that is why we as Christians rebel against what the world thinks of as “normal”
According to the laws of the US government, I am legally allowed to get drunk, smoke cigarettes, buy pornography, gamble, go to strip clubs, buy marijuana (in some states), get a tattoo without parent consent, and even visit a brothel in Nevada.
Although I am legally allowed to do all of these things, I have chosen to rebel against what society would call normal, and instead follow the guidance of Christ. This isn’t to say that someone who has a glass of wine, has a problem with nicotine, gets tattoos, or even plays poker with their friends should be condemned. In fact, I will be honest enough to admit I have tattoos, plan on getting more, and occasionally like to have a glass of wine with my wife during dinner. What I’m saying is that Jesus called us to rebel against the customs of the world in order to reflect an image that opposes it. We’re called to do things that reflect the persona of Christ to HIS glory, and not the customs of the world around us. ~ Jarrid Wilson
Do you know what makes Darth Vader the hero of this story? At the end, our main villain rejoins the “light-side” of the force, rebels against his master, The Emperor, eventually destroying him to protect his son.
Rebellion in obedience to God’s word. It’s certainly not easy when the rest of the world thinks a certain way and expects you to conform to it’s ways. To even rebel against our own sinful nature takes wisdom and courage but we are called to be Christ like and to live differently from the world.
Romans 7:18 - 25 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
May the Lord be with you!