The Bible and Star Wars

Recently, Dad and I watched Star Wars (episode IV) together. And yesterday evening, our whole family had an interesting conversation about it. It sprung out of a quote from a book called Give them Grace: Dazzling your kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson;

“We want our children to know and believe the one good story. Every other story is a copy or a shadow of this one. Some copies of it are quite good and shout the truth. Others speak only the faintest whisper of it or, by its absence, remind us of the truth. We want our kids to know the one good story so well that when they see Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Frodo, Anne of Green Gables, Ariel, or Sleeping Beauty, they can recognize the strands of truth and deception in them. We want them to be able to recognize the great themes of the Gospel: sacrificial love, the laying down of our lifer for our enemies, the resurrection, and lordly reign. We want them to identify forgiveness, justice, redemption and the fight against evil whether that comes from their MGruffey reader or from Optimus Prime. Saturating our children in the one good story will enable them t o discern both truth and error as it comes to them from the world.”

So, what glimmers of the truth are there in Star Wars? Here is what we came up with:

  1. Good Vs. Evil
  2. The bad guys aren’t content
    1. They aren’t satisfied with what they have; they want more
  3. Rescue
    1. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo save the princess.
  4. We have victory but there is still evil in the world
    1. At the end, the republic is saved but the empire isn’t destroyed

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2 Responses to The Bible and Star Wars

  1. JustinM says:

    Hmm. Interesting comparison.

    • Spencer says:

      I wouldn’t call it a comparison (singular) necessarily; I did make some comparisons (plural) but I wasn’t trying to lay them side by side, if you know what I mean.

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