I apologize in advance. I am about to let out some of my inner nerd. But hang in there, enjoy the movies, and I will get to a quick breakdown of Star Wars theology, along with some great governance and 2nd amendment lessons in the end.
It was a great day for star was fans when the Galactic Empire’s PR team brought some of their fleet to the the Starport in Frankfurt Germany to begin the filming of Episode VII, The Force Awakens. There was some serious equipment that was filmed and leaked. If you missed it, you can see it here:
There was some real concern that Star Wars was going to go the way of the dumbest character that has ever existed (Jar Jar Binks) after Disney, the home of Mikey Mouse Club House, purchased it in October 2012. There was a new hope among Star Wars fans today when a long awaited trailer was released; and it looks EPIC. From Clones being transported in a war zone with flashing lights to x-wing fighters cruising along a lake to a very dark looking character (a new sith perhaps?) the story looks intense. Here’s the teaser trailer:
Many times a story is great because it teaches something about ourselves. I believe Star Wars is one of those great stories and I am not talking about the really, really bad theology that it models. Don’t be confused between the God of the Bible and Star Wars theology. First, “the force” represents a pantheistic god, not the monotheistic God the bible claims created the universe. Second, in Star Wars theology, the light and the dark sides are in balance and opposed to each other. Balance is an Eastern religious idea like Yin and Yang and is commonly seen in Taoism. It does not represent the biblical nature of good and evil. While Star Wars represents a pantheistic god in a dualistic world, Scripture simply does not agree. The bible is very clear that Satan and God are in fact not equal and opposing forces. God is far more powerful than Satan (1 John 4:4), whom will eventually be cast into hell (Revelations 20:10). The very nature of the relationship between God and Satan isn’t about them opposing themselves, (at some point it will be Satan will be thrown into hell but it is not yet). Rather the war between God and Satan is a war over us. As C.S. Lewis said:
“There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan”
There is indeed a galactic war going on, but it is not for power over the Galactic Senate or for the ideas of good or evil. It is a much more personal war in which we are the prize. On one hand there is Satan; the liar, deceiver and thief who seeks to devour us. On the other hand, God; who unites us all through conviction of our own sin and intercedes for us through a free gift of salvation from his Son, Jesus.
While we can relate to a battle between good and evil, we should always remember what good and evil actually look like. Our struggle isn’t over our fight for good or evil per say, but rather our battle over our own personal sin. As Phil Robertson said, being a Christian doesn’t mean I am perfect, just forgiven. There really isn’t any middle ground. Either you are forgiven and you have been won for the good side, or you have not accepted that free gift of salvation from Christ and are being won by the devourer. The bottom line is in the grand battle of good and evil, the Star Wars theology is not very good. Pantheistic dualism does not offer a personal salvation and therefore does nothing to help you or I with our struggles of sin. It leaves morality subject to our flawed postmodernist society. I’ll choose a God of love who puts his prize in us, not in Himself over an impersonal, self promoting concept of good and evil.
Star Wars is a good movie, but keep it just that. A good movie.
One last thought – Star Wars does show the importance of decentralized and small government that allows the right to bear arms. In it, a band of freedom-loving, peace-loving, and well armed rebels fight a tyrant emperor who seeks nothing but more power. This, however, is a good takeaway from the movie.