That’s right they gave them a pre-release day on Thursday in most theaters. This could be the biggest movie of all time. Why?
STAR WARS contains the two biggest themes in story telling. First the classic good vs. evil and second the search for significance.
Good vs. Evil
The STAR WARS movie series uses the imagery made famous in David and Goliath. The smaller, weaker, people are oppressed by the larger, stronger, evil empire. Good people often feel like underdogs, unable to make a difference in an evil world controlled by people stronger than them. From the abused child to the traveler worried about terrorism there’s this sense of helplessness. At some point in our lives we all feel like the underdog. STAR WARS taps into the message that there is hope for good to win, for the little guy to knock down the evil empire.
The Bible is full of stories where weaker, common, people did extraordinary things, overcoming great obstacles, and defeating great odds with God’s help. You can win over the injustice in your life and you don’t even need a light saber!
The title for STAR WARS: The Force Awakens, gives hope to the world. It says, “There’s something coming that will combat the evil in the universe.” Christians feel that same way about the Christmas Story. There is a ‘force’ (the Messiah) that awakens in the world bringing hope.
The Search for Significance
In the original STAR WARS movie, Luke bemoans his existence on a nowhere farm. He thinks, “There has to be more to life than this.” How many people feel as they go to their daily routine?
STAR WARS taps into humanity’s search for significance.
All people want to believe life has meaning. Most believe that there’s some ‘universal force’ that is controlling things. It’s not just a religious thing. Many atheists believe in a ‘universal mind’ or some other life force linking us together.
We were created with knowledge of the eternal and the divine by our creator. Something that tells us that there’s something bigger than us, more than what we can see. The Bible says, “Even nature shows us that there is a Creator.” In addition to creation, The Holy Spirit is all around us, bringing us life and guiding those who choose to follow His ways. He tells us there’s something more out there.
What can we learn from STAR WARS?
That there is a desire in all human beings to know the meaning of life. To know that there’s hope beyond their daily frustrations. To know that good can win, especially when it looks like all is lost.
That is the message of Christmas.
It may look dark and hopeless now, but a star in the heaven announces that a force for good has awakened in the world. The one foretold in prophesy, the Savior, the Son of God…Jesus.
Looking for Hope this Christmas? Go to one of the STAR WARS Christmas Services at House of Praise, in person or on-line.
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