The FORCE (or Star Wars Christianity):
I’ve noticed an epidemic among Christians today, they seem to think that the story of a galaxy far, far away is a parable of their life. Their midichlorian faith is their link to great things. They think if they can just have a high enough concentration of faith then God (the FORCE) will bring about the desired result. These Christian Jedi’s think that they can use the FORCE to stop bad things if they only believe. Whether cancer, a rebellious teen, a failing marriage, or a check book that’s always in the red – if they have enough faith then the FORCE will act in their favor. They even interpret the Christian “God bless you” to mean essentially the same as the Jedi Counsel parting of “May the force be with you!”
This breed of Christianity has elevated faith above its object. The Christians’ faith becomes placed in his faith or in himself as it’s essentially his ability to generate enough faith; and God become the means to an ends, a FORCE that they can wield for their benefit and ease of life if they only believe.
Although it may sound super spiritual to attempt great things, or hang on when there is nothing to hang on to, and claim that one must have faith; there is no biblical warrant for this twisted use of spiritual jargon. The faith of many young apprentices quickly collapses as they have no foundation for it. They become disillusioned, or angry at God for not responding as they anticipated He would. Some walk away from Christianity as a whole, with the reasoning that if their midichlorian faith was futile then there is nothing but naturalistic laws and blind chance that reigns supreme in the end.
In Scripture, we are told to believe God. Faith is firmly rooted in the character and nature of Jehovah and His promises. We are never asked to just believe for the sake of belief. Take the account of the 3 Hebrew men who would not bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue. In refusing to bow, even upon the threat of their being thrown into the fiery furnace, they exclaimed that God is able to deliver them from the furnace, BUT if He doesn’t then they will burn – regardless of what The Almighty has chosen, they would not bow.
Luckily, these three men had not been introduced to the Jedi way. Today, we are more interested in the outcome of our circumstances – we tend towards pragmatism. Romans 8:28 is the favorite verse of many professing believer. As they go through hard times, they repeat the mantra that all things will work out for their good. And their hope is to wait for that more dependable car, or winning lotto ticket to come rolling down the pike. They see their suffering as some sort of down payment for happiness later, possibly in the next couple years or so. Some people even tithe with the idea that tithing will bring God’s blessing and not tithing will bring His curse. (Karma has also cloaked itself in Christianity for many.) Obedience to God is no longer done from a heart of love for God but rather love of self. Things are done to keep God appeased and pleased with us so that all will go well for us. But what of times when things just do not seem to end well for us? Peter was crucified, John beheaded, countless other people martyred for their trust in God. The baby born prematurely does die sometimes, and my Grandmother didn’t win her battle with cancer. Prayers do seem to go unanswered. There are times where life is more like a casket of thorns rather than a bed of roses. When this reality sets in, then many give up. They have built their Christianity on a foundation of humanism. Having been told it’s proper to keep themselves at the center of all things; when all things fall apart so do they.
Romans 8:28, and other passages like it, are not there for our self aggrandizement, rather tells us to trust in God. Even when things don’t seem good, trust Him to work His purposes for our good – remember how we define good is vastly different than God’s definition of good. Have faith in God! Not that He will pull through for you, or make it all easier soon enough; but believe Him when He says He’s in control. Love Him and obey Him regardless of the outcome. We should not serve Him for the expected outcome, but because He is worthy.
Star Wars makes for great movies, but poor Christianity. Thoughts, you have?