If you know me, you know that I love Star Wars! But why? I mean, the movies are pretty cheesy, with plenty of plot-holes. This is true, yet still: the action scenes, the books, the video games, and most definitely lightsabers, are what sell it for me. All of that, and because of one other reason that flows much deeper.
The top reason why I love Star Wars, is because how much I can apply being a Jedi, to being a Christian. Now true, it is no secret that the philosophy of the Force was heavily shaped by Taoism, Zoroastrianism, as well as influenced by other eastern religions, such as Buddhism and Stoicism; however, there are still many aspects of this that can be loosely related to Christianity. Now, know that I do not hold this up as Scripture, or trying to add to it, for the Bible only is; however, I do believe that perspective can still be gained from looking at other religions.
“For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is.”–Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
Master Yoda tells how the Force is his ally. How he lets it flow through him, that he does not control it. And it is discovered in The Phantom Menace that the Jedi’s connection to the Force comes from the midichlorians that live within him, allowing him access to many abilities, such as to heal, to see the future, and to mind trick Stormtroopers. Similarly how the Holy Spirit lives within a Christian. How he cannot control it, and how it allows him access to abilities and gifts, how the Holy Spirit becomes his powerful ally.
“We’re keepers of the peace, not soldiers.”–Mace Windu, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Now this is an interesting quote. For the Jedis’ role were to be peace keepers across the galaxy, yet many times they played the role as generals and soldiers in many galactic wars. It’s interesting, because Christians are called out to be both. To be both peacekeepers, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9, and to be soldiers, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12. Just as the Jedi have a sworn enemy who they do battle with, the Sith, so too do Christians have a sworn enemy, Satan and his angels.
Obi-Wan held up Anakin’s dropped lightsaber and said, “Next time, try not to loose it.”
“This weapon is your life.” Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The lightsaber is the Jedi Knights’ sword, their “life,” as Obi-Wan put it, just as the Bible should be the sword–the life of a Christian.
“But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”–Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Jedi had a code which they where to uphold, such as having no physical attachment; they lived differently than those around them. And just as we are tempted to sin, to break our codes and fall into temptation, so too were the Jedi tempted by the dark side of the Force. For to live by the dark side, to break their code, would have been much easier for the Jedi; however, they were called out to be set apart, to resist the false promises that the dark side had to offer them.
Yoda looked away from Luke, “I cannot teach him,” he said. “The boy has no patience.”
“He will learn patience,” said Obi-Wan.
“Much anger in him… like his father.”
“Was I any different when you taught me?”–Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Patience, a portion of the fruit of the Spirit that comes from being like Christ.
And unlike the Jedi, we can be angry, for it is a natural human emotion, for was not Jesus himself enraged in Matthew 21:12-13, when he overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple? However, we are called out to not have an unrighteous anger: Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Ephesians 4:26.
“The Ambassadors are Jedi Knights, I believe.”–TC-14, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Lastly, a Jedi could be easily recognized because of both his lightsaber that hanged from his belt, and his traditional Jedi robe that he wore, making him stand out as a sore thumb in a crowd. Just as a Christian should be easily recognized, instead of being a chameleon of society.
This is why I love Star Wars so much. Because not only is it cool to watch and read about the Jedis, but because I can also imagine myself as a Jedi for Christ! Perhaps it’s corny, but it has brought to me so much encouragement throughout all these years.