It’s a blast to watch Star Wars with budding theologians and fun people. Thanks to your students, I’m seeing Star Wars in a way I’ve never seen before. As we watch the movies with Proverbs 28:26 in mind (“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered” NASB), your students see points and make connections to the Bible I had not.
For instance, Isaiah Walker pointed out that the time between the two trilogies is much like the time between the Old and New Testaments. Though it seemed the Holy Spirit (or in the films, the Force) was quiet, he was indeed at work for the good of his people. Mr. Walker also pointed out that just as the first Skywalker (Anakin) goofed up his mandate and caused great evil for the rest of the galaxy, so the first Adam fell and brought the curse on his all. Likewise, the second Skywalker (Luke) made things right, and so also does the second Adam, Jesus, make all things right. Devin Sanders pointed out that when a barroom brawler starts a fight with Luke for no good reasons, it parallels 2 Timothy 3:12 and John 15:18. All who desire to live a godly life will face persecution (2 Timothy 3:12), just like Luke did. And just like Jesus promised that the world would hate us because we belong to him, so the bad guys dislike Luke just because he’s a good guy.
The parallels didn’t cease with situations, though. Mr. Sanders also pointed out that when Ben Kenobi tells Luke not to trust his eyes because they can deceive him, so we also should put our ultimate trust not in our senses, but in the Word of God. Josh Papevies pointed that when Yoda says that the Dark Side is the quick and easy path, it reminded him of Jesus’ warning that the gate to life is narrow and small, while the path to destruction is wide and many find it (Matthew 6:13-14)
We should give a special shout-out to David Scheidt and Robert Mathis for creating a terrific Kahoot Empire Strikes Back trivia game for us to play online. Congratulations to Rishi “Skypandya” for winning the game!