Religion in Star Wars

Star WarsSo. The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was finally released and it, shall we say, awakened the millions of fans who were enthralled with the original series back some 35 years ago. (I’m not counting the terrifically bad episodes 1-3 when I say “enthralled).

Latched onto all of the pop culture excitement for the new movie like mynocks sucking on power cables are Christian fundamentalist types wagging their fingers and earnestly lecturing us how Star Wars is nothing more than New Agey propaganda that is a Jim Bakker CERN particle accelerating portal to unleashing devil worshiping all over the world. If kids go watch Star Wars, by golly, the next step is Ouija boards, consuming Monster Energy drinks, and a spiraling descent into a hellish, Chick tract witch coven nightmare!

Over the weekend of the movie’s release, I got into a tussle with one of those finger-wagging religious moralists at a FaceBook group. He had posted a link to a lecture railing against Star Wars as New Age/Devil unleashing propaganda. The speaker is the pastor of a KJV Only church in MN (Of course!) who also has an audio catalog of sermons and podcasts crying out against the hidden evils of Christmas and CCM. The guy reminds me of a watered-down version of barefoot runner, Steven Anderson.

At any rate, my FB antagonist insisted that George Lucas had filled his movies with thematic elements pulled from a number of eastern, mystery religions and ignorant Christians gleefully lap up those hidden demonic messages all for the sake of entertainment. They are being duped by the devil into a life worldly compromise and devil worship.

Well of course I agree that “spiritual” themes exist in the Star Wars movies. I certainly don’t deny that. Obviously an universally transcendent “force” that a person can tap into and manipulate for either good or bad purposes is new agey. I mean, the whole idea of a Jedi order that demands a loveless commitment to a life of singleness and celibacy reeks of the monastic lifestyle promoted in many religious sects.

But do those religious themes mean that Lucas intended to make a series of movies filled with hidden spiritual undertones for the purpose of promoting a religion that the devil will use to bankrupt the Christian faith?

Good grief! Of course not. Do you seriously think that neck-bearded, flannel-wearing toy salesman created his cinematic universe for the purpose of introducing generations of children and then their children to religion? No! He wants to sell toys. Lots and lots of toys.

Sure, Lucas pulled from Joseph Campbell’s works regarding how hero journey myths weave themselves through various cultures, but to conclude it was for the purpose of creating a new religion in order to fool people into becoming New Agers is patently absurd. There was good reason Lucas insisted on maintaining the merchandising rights to his movies. It’s the reason why you can get a set of Dengar and Bossk plush toys,

dengarbosskBut let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Lucas has intended to make disciples for his oddball Jedi religion with his movies. Does it really matter? Seriously?

I asked my FB debater to tell me how many folks he knew who watched the movies and then left the theater thinking, “I really want to know more about that dark side of the force thing,” and before you know it the person has created the church of the Sith that is rapidly growing in popularity.

He had to say he knew of none, which is true. There aren’t any. Oh, I know somebody can maybe find a few anecdotal examples from around the world somewhere. But I bet genuine examples will prove as difficult at conjuring up than the stolen data plans of the Death Star.

Most normal people are like me. They grew up loving the movies. Perhaps collected the toys and action figures and replayed the various movie scenes with them. My kids currently do the same thing. They build the Lego ships and swing their plastic light sabers around at each other.

bibBut eventually they will grow out of the toys, and maybe they’ll be like me, a fan that maintains a nostalgia for the original movies so that I have a talking wampa on my desk sitting next to a Admiral Ackbar action figure caught in a mousetrap as part of my “geekosphere.”

Apart from the middle-aged weirdos who dress up like Bib Fortuna for Comic Con, I don’t know of anyone who even cares about alleged religious themes in Star Wars.

Honestly, the real hidden agenda of the devil, if we even want to call it that seeing that his agenda is clearly discernible, is to get conspiracy mongering Christians to obsess on silly things like demonic mysticism in the Star Wars movies, rather than focus upon those elements that do enslave the souls of men.

The biggest example being the shallow, spiritless preaching and fleshly entertainment that comes from the pulpits of the vast majority of Churches in the US that has only led to millions of false converts. 

Or what about the horrendous theology being taught, like the influence of the stealth atheism of Biologos in churches, or the man-centered apologetics that has created apostates to Catholicism. Worst of all is charismaticism that has been a devastating, negative force on Christians throughout the Church worldwide for the last 40-plus years.

That is where our attention should be focused regarding biblical purity, doctrine, and spiritual compromise. Not upon some misguided conspiratorial alarmism about a series of popular movies.


20 thoughts on “Religion in Star Wars

  1. You nailed it on the head Fred unfortunately I am afraid most IFB, chick track waving, tin foil hat wearing, conspiracists are going to dismiss it and point at you as the comprimiser. Thanks for standing for the truth.

  2. Oh yes, I saw that interview years ago. Basically, he says he got a lot of the themes for the movie from Joseph Campbell’s work as a cultural mythologists. It was quite informative, but has nothing to do with him actually creating a religion or wanting to trick people into following a religion or the other nonsense my IFB antagonist suggested.

  3. Two of his quotes from that article: “GEORGE LUCAS: I — I have a philosophy that we all teach, and we all teach every day of our lives. And it’s not necessarily what we lecture. I’ve discovered kids don’t like lectures at all. But it is really the way we live our lives. And what we do with our lives and — and the way we conduct ourselves. And once in a while they listen to the lectures. So when I make the films, I’m very aware of the fact that I’m teaching on a much larger scale than I would just as a parent or somebody walking through life. Because I have this megaphone. Anybody in the media has a very large megaphone that they can reach a lot of different people, and so whatever they say, whatever they do, however they conduct themselves, whatever they produce has an influence and is teaching somebody something. And I try to be aware of what it is I’m saying.”

  4. And this one: “GEORGE LUCAS: I put the Force into the movies in order to try to awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people. More a belief in God than a belief in any particular, you know, religious system. I mean, the — the — the — the real question is to ask the question, because if you — if you — having enough interest in the mysteries of life to ask the questions, is — is there a God or is there not a God?, that’s — that’s, for me, the worst thing that can happen. You know, if you asked a young person, ‘Is there a God?’ and they say, ‘I don’t know. ‘ You know? I think you should have an opinion about that.”

  5. Biblically speaking, I don’t see what Lucas, or any unbeliever intends, as the point. The point is, do we find precept or precedent in the word or historic protestant orthodoxy’s understanding of the word, for enthusiastic participation in what is clearly an idol to the world, and which also celebrates and glamorizes a pagan cosmology, metaphysic and epistemology that new life in Christ has supposed to have delivered us from?

    That’s what matters. Do the law, the prophets, Jesus and the apostles give us either command or example indicating their culturally equivalent approval? Again. How about cultural equivalents in history before the age of electronic “art” and “entertainment”? Do we find the giants of the faith in ages past leaving us a legacy of approval either?

    If so, I would humbly and genuinely ask for examples. If not, then one must recognize that this view is strictly modern and without biblical or historical grounding.

    I don’t know that I’m capable of asking these questions in any more sincere or constructive a tone. I have not completely made up my mind, but it is clear how I am leaning. Please lean me back the other way. I will do so if convinced. (Do also note that am not KJV only, Arminian, nor an IFB, Chick tract waving, tin foil hat wearing, conspiracist fundamentalist. You know that

  6. Talk to the average non-evangelical American and you will discover a worldview closer to that promoted in Star Wars than that presented in the Bible. Intent aside, the movie and similar productions have had a profound influence on the thinking of generations I taught junior and senior high school for 9 years in a Christian school and encountered Lucas’s generic spirituality over and over again. I don’t own a tinfoil hat, but I do think that unwary individuals seriously need to guard their thinking against the pervasive influence of a pluralistic, humanistic and self-absorbed culture. Cultural mythologies should always be critiqued in the light of Scripture. 2 Timothy 2:4 warns that in the last days people will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Whether it’s The Force in Star wars or the Word of Faith heresy, we need to be cautious in handling these things and wary of the influence they exert on the natural mind. Star Wars is fiction, and so are Word of Faith, and Positive Confession, and Contemplative Spirituality. They are all pretences that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. The difference with Star Wars is that it is marketed as entertainment, so it seemingly gets a pass through the discernment checkpoint. People become engaged with the story and process its themes in much the same way that Christians process scripture. Honestly, I think many unbelievers and nominal Christians derive their religion more from Star Wars and Avatar than the Bible. Pop culture is a powerful thing. Some people are able to maintain firm boundaries between fact and fiction, entertainment and reality, but even they are probably more influenced by the entertainment media they consume than they would care to admit.

    If we give Star Wars a pass, we ought to go easy on The Shack too. Both create tantalizing fictional worlds that can readily deceive the non-discerning consumer.

  7. Fred, you always get me laughing with these fundamentalist posts. I never got past the monster energy drink video. I kept thinking….ok, let’s say all that is true for argument’s sake (who knew witchcraft was holding a cross upside down?) . What made them spend all that time and effort researching monster energy drink?

    People make this much too complicated. Heathen are going to act like heathen and their artwork is going to be affected by their worldview. But sometimes a sci-fi story is exactly what is purports to be: a world of make believe.

    We are much too worried about conspiracies and monsters under the bed instead of being more preoccupied about how we can parlay cultural conversations into a presentation of the Gospel.

  8. One has to wonder how Paul ever quoted pagan philosophers in the Scripture (like Epimenedes) if he never read “worldly” literature like pagan philosophy? Clearly Paul had nothing to do with such horrible things like “secular culture”.

  9. Lyndon says: “One has to wonder how Paul ever quoted pagan philosophers in the Scripture (like Epimenedes) if he never read “worldly” literature like pagan philosophy? Clearly Paul had nothing to do with such horrible things like “secular culture”.
    Lyndon. Are you actually comparing Paul’s knowledge of the non fiction, secular thinkers of his day (Dawkins, Nye etc.), which he probably learned during his time as a pharisee, with the enjoyment of that pagan philosophy set to the theater in the form of fantastical dramatic entertainment? Have you looked into the early church’s views on “theater”? It is uniformly condemned. Whether they were right or wrong, that’s just a fact. Is there a precedent in reformed or anabaptist history for celebrating paganism as long as it’s in a dramatic production? Spurgeon utterly denounced the “worldly amusements” of his day and they were usually just plain ol plays of a generally moral nature, Like Star Wars minus the fantasy and overt heathen religion.

    JMAC in his recent series on the parables blasted the idea of fictitious space aliens being defended from scripture. Specifically.

    If there’s a defense for this, and maybe there is, it will have to be better than the typical Christianity Today/Relevant magazine abuse of Acts 17. Lyndon, you are certainly more capable than this, but it highlights yet another point.

    I’m watching people whom I have observed in the not so distant past destroy the really bad arguments made today based on Romans 14, 1 Cor. 9 and Col. 2 for instance, along with Jesus teaching on what enters and goes out of a man. I’ve watched them lay waste to these horrible misuses of scripture to justify modern media entertainment and then over this past weekend these exact people (one VERY sharp pastor in particular) do a 180 as they are swept away in this flesh festival of worldly obsession with these movies and when somebody took him to take over this, use the very arguments that he was refuting earlier this year.

    That is both disheartening and scary. You are just the latest in a parade of otherwise sound folks being reduced to this kind of bad hermenuetic and bad exposition in their efforts at making God okay with His Church’s celebration of the Baals.

    The power that modern cinema wields over people is completely unprecedented in the history of the world. Billions a year. Dominates the news feeds day in and day out. What some useless celebrity wore somewhere or said about something. It is an addiction every bit as real as dope and alcohol, but is embraced with fervor because almost literally EVERYbody is into it. Including the visible church. I can’t get it outta my head that Spurgeon was right when he said “that one reason why the Church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the Church.”.

    What do you feel would be the contributions of the prince of preachers were he commenting in this thread?

    I keep trying to imagine him or Gill, or Bunyan, or the Westminster divines (Larger Catechism, questions 91 through the ten commandments, OUCH!) or Jesus or Paul or Ezekiel or Jeremiah or Isaiah or Elijah or Moses telling their audience to go attend the pagan theater where false religion is being preached because it is innocent light hearted entertainment.

    I can actually think of some ways to make an at least somewhat plausible defense, but those aren’t even the ways I’m seeing.

    One simple question. Is this idolatry in the culture? That requires no answer beyond yes or no. What usually happens next though whenever the great and mighty gods of “Art” and entertainment” are questioned, is, the hands go over ears and “LA LA LA LA LA, I can’t hear you!!” as people simply dismiss everything I just said. Because… well.. it’s Star Wars. That’s the greatest problem I’m having with this whole thing. The default Christian position is acceptance. This would never have been the case before 20th century America.

  10. Understanding, quoting, even drawing from secular culture is necessary in order to engage and relate to that culture. Loving that culture is another thing altogether. Paul was critical of culture, both that of the Jews and the Greeks. John was critical of the world. Jesus prayed not that the disciples would be taken out of the world but be kept from the evil one. I don’t propose living in fear of secular culture, only that we recognize it for what it is and consistently challenge it with a biblical worldview. Of course there will be elements of truth in the world’s literature and these can be acknowledged, (even Calvin did this), but it seems to me that more than a casual degree of discernment is necessary to avoid imbibing the essence of worldly thinking. My wife and I watched the standard pagan children’s cartoons with our daughter when she was little, but we also helped her to see their spiritual/philosophical underpinnings so she had tools for discernment. Kids who absorb pagan culture without a biblical grid will be profoundly influenced by that culture.

  11. Harley writes,
    If we give Star Wars a pass, we ought to go easy on The Shack too. Both create tantalizing fictional worlds that can readily deceive the non-discerning consumer.

    The key difference with that comparison is that The Shack pretends to be a serious work that is addressing the problem of evil and the character of God. Star Wars is not meant to convey that, but is designed specifically to create an alternative universe in which a story can be played out in an imaginative fashion. So I can give SWs a pass in that I can suspend reality in the real world and enjoy a story being told to me visually.

    I would depart from Greg’s analysis in that I think a Christian can in good conscious watch a movie like this and remain a faithful, God fearing Christian. The Bible does not prohibit it as far as I am concern because there are not sinful things being portrayed on screen. There may be philosophical considerations about false religions, but are Christians forbidden to think on those things?

    Daniel was educated in the top schools of Babylon according to their very religion even having his name changed to reflect the god of the Babylonians. Apart from refusing to eat those foods violating Levitical law, Daniel had no problem with his exposure to the Babylonian worship/education system and essentially becoming a magi.

  12. Fred, you wrote:

    “The key difference with that comparison is that The Shack pretends to be a serious work that is addressing the problem of evil and the character of God. Star Wars is not meant to convey that, but is designed specifically to create an alternative universe in which a story can be played out in an imaginative fashion.”

    I agree that there is a difference in the intent of the creators, in that one claims to be overtly Christian while the other claims to be a student of religion who is infatuated by both Christianity and Eastern religions. One is serious about theology, while the other finds mythologies interesting. I think, however, that both works do teach theology, anthropology, soteriology, pneumatology, even eschatology. A guy like you who has a solid theological foundation may be somewhat immune to the assumptions laid out in these fictions, but I suggest that both present theological frameworks that are very palatable to the world when compared to the sound and theocentric doctrine laid out in Scripture.

    I see no problem in analyzing popular fiction, or even in enjoying the plot and production value of a movie like Star Wars. We just need to keep the products of human imagination in their proper place. We probably agree that fiction is a bad place from which to extract theology. All endeavours of the human imagination are tainted by sin, but if we were to ignore them all or declare them satanic and untouchable, we would have no point of connection with the world and could not even share the gospel. My concern is more with Christians’ unwillingness to test all things when it comes to something as iconic and popular as Star Wars. Personally, I often refer to popular movies or books or television programs as a point of connection from which to present biblical truth, but it is always in such away that Scripture corrects their flawed understandings. I think we can reference and discuss non-biblical perspectives without validating or glorifying them. I think we do this all the time. Yet there must be good reason for John closing his first epistle with the words, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols”. As men we are vulnerable to the temptation of loving the world and the things in it. At least I am.

  13. Fred asks: “There may be philosophical considerations about false religions, but are Christians forbidden to think on those things?
    I’m asking where in the bible or church history that the then contemporary equivalent of pagan science fiction entertainment was the means for doing that? If there was no equivalent, then how did they fulfill God’s commands without it? It would be much more credible to just say you like it and make a case from there, than to try to turn it into a service to the Lord like Harley is.

    Fred says: “Daniel was educated in the top schools of Babylon according to their very religion…and essentially becoming a magi.”
    Sincerely Fred. I don’t see any of that there. I always took that situation as God’s making Daniel an influence over THEM. Not the other way around. Hear John Gill’s commentary please. A man who occupied Spurgeon’s pulpit before Spurgeon did.

    Gill says: “This is to be understood, not of magic art, vain philosophy, judicial astrology, to which the Chaldeans were addicted; but of learning and wisdom, laudable and useful, both in things natural and political; for these men, who scrupled eating and drinking what came from the king’s table, would never indulge themselves in the study of vain, curious, and unlawful knowledge; much less would God have blessed the study of such things, and still less be said to give them knowledge and skill therein:

    Your boss agrees:

    John MacArthur SAYS
    Because of Daniel’s high position and great respect among them, it seems certain that the magi learned much from that prophet about the one true God, the God of Israel, and about His will and plans for His people through the coming glorious King. Because many Jews remained in Babylon after the Exile and intermarried with the people of the east, it is likely that Jewish messianic influence remained strong in that region even until New Testament times.

    That’s the opposite of what you’re saying brother. I agree with them. I must respectfully submit, that unless you intend to elevate yourself over Gill and JMAC, you are not making this case. And if there is no historical precedent, then yours is the new position and therefore the burden is on you.

    Harley says: “I see no problem in analyzing popular fiction, or even in enjoying the plot and production value of a movie like Star Wars.”
    I would ask of you sir, the same that I’m asking of Fred. Biblical or historic protestant precept or precedent for being entertained by paganism.

    HArley says: “… if we were to ignore them all or declare them satanic and untouchable, we would have no point of connection with the world and could not even share the gospel.”
    This is a full frontal contradiction of 1st Corinthians 1. This is Francis Schaeffer. Not holy writ or historic Protestant orthodoxy’s understanding of holy writ. In fact the quote above on this page to Fred about the world’s influence is taken from a sermon by Spurgeon on EVANGELISM where he specifically and vociferously attacks this very mindset. (WOOOEY does he ever!) Saying that familiarity with what’s popular in the world is exactly what renders our witness powerless. Do you Harley propose to declare yourself more credible on the topic than Charles Spurgeon?

    I’m asking you fellas to defeat what I’m bringing with solid biblical interpretation and or historical witness. As I say. If there is no historic precedent, then the burden is yours to overthrow protestant orthodoxy’s standing positions on this family of topics with a more persuasive exposition of scripture than theirs.

    I really would love to see this movie. (I mean that sincerely) It is only in the last several days that a close friend, 14 years my senior, and much longer in the Lord, has shoved my face into the questionable practice of supporting even “clean” entertainment that still promotes false religion. In fact, it’s clean nature might make it even more deceptive and dangerous. I might be witnessing that right now.

  14. Didn’t you guys even watch the monster drink youtube expose? That has got the be the most hilarious part of this post.

  15. Tribulus, we are on the same side. I must not be expressing myself clearly. Here is the essence of what I am saying, from my post above.

    “I think we can reference and discuss non-biblical perspectives without validating or glorifying them. I think we do this all the time. Yet there must be good reason for John closing his first epistle with the words, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols”. As men we are vulnerable to the temptation of loving the world and the things in it. At least I am.”

    My point: Loving the things of the world (idols) is bad.

    I do think the message in Star Wars, and in many similar productions is dangerous, chiefly due to its subtlety. I am advocating refutation of that message with the gospel as a weapon of our warfare, mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.

    When I wrote “… if we were to ignore them all or declare them satanic and untouchable, we would have no point of connection with the world and could not even share the gospel.”, I meant that awareness of the world’s vocabulary and culture can give opportunity to directly challenge false presuppositions with the gospel. I am not advocating building a bridge of commonality between Christianity and paganism. And I do not place myself above our dear brother Spurgeon. He was aware of all that was going on in the unbiblical liberalization of the church and spoke out emphatically against it. I would say, he must have had some discourse with the world in order to do that effectively.

    I would suggest you go through Calvin’s institutes in order to see his skilful refutation of both pagan and Christian literature regarding a multitude of doctrinal issues. He could never have provided such useful commentary had he not taken the time to read and critique the works that shaped his culture. Whether he enjoyed any of them, I cannot say; yet he certainly acknowledged their importance and did not merely ignore them. Occasionally he acknowledged insights discovered by pagans, but was quick to complete or correct them with sound biblical truth.

    Frankly, I have little or no interest in the Star Wars movies, and have actually fallen asleep attempting to watch some of them. Perhaps I may see the current one eventually, but I don’t plan to make it a priority, since the cat is already out of the bag regarding George Lucas’ worldview. No need to go through that discernment process every time a new movie comes out. However, I would have little grounds to even have an opinion had I not endured one or two episodes, or at least read a synopsis.

  16. With all respect Harley, despite your much appreciated gracious and substantive response, you pretty much missed pretty much every point I made. I assure you that is not sarcasm friend.

    I read the Institutes the first time in 1988. THIS Battles/McNeil edition. His apologetic/polemic treatment of the non fiction writings of the thinkers of his day (which I am quite familiar with) bares no analogy whatsoever to the case at hand.

    I will try to elaborate further if possible when I get a chance.

  17. Are you actually suggesting that we should expect non-Christian filmmakers to make non-Christian films? If we maintain that expectation then we’ll never feel the need to overreact or bring a heavy hammer to smash the 70mm film it’s recorded on.

    I’m not sure I’m prepared to live in the world Christ told me I would live in. Next you’ll say that the church and the state have separate and distinct purposes in this world!

  18. Y’know…

    Maybe this isn’t the best place to vent my spleen, because mine is an absurdly specific example, whereas this article is addressing the topic in a broad sense. But since this is the internet and somehow being online compels me toward gratuitous and cathartic word vomit, here I go anyway. Apologies in advance. (Whether or not Darth Vader will accept them before Force-choking me is another matter.)

    It’s quite obvious that anything wildly popular is diametrically opposed to God in one way or another – this newest addition to the bloated franchise has already surpassed a billion dollars, and it’s amazing that this silly little 70s space movie created a pop culture juggernaut that has refused to die, and only amassed more and rabidly fervent devotion, over almost half a century.

    And yes – hi, my name is MJ, and I’m a Star Wars-aholic.

    I will never forget the day twelve-year-old me was sitting on the couch watching a commercial announcing local screenings of the Special Editions. I asked Mom about getting tickets and the rest is history. I understand this is much less a reflection on any overtly wicked seducing aspect of the films and much more on my own hideous sinful nature, but thus began a lifelong obsession with this stupid saga. Though not middle-aged, I WAS one of those weirdos who wore costumes to sci-fi/fantasy/comic cons. I met some of the actors. I wasted thousands of dollars, most of which were not my own, on everything from replica lightsabers to expensive foreign coffee table books. I consumed nearly every comic and book published for its “Expanded Universe,” and wrote fanfiction of my own. I ate, slept, and breathed Star Wars. My emotions were entirely invested in it. I can cry over Anakin Skywalker’s death scene, but I won’t feel a thing reading the Gospels.

    Now this is a millstone around my neck, because as ridiculous as my rational mind knows this situation is, I can’t rid myself of this emotional connection to a dumb space soap opera. It grieves me on a logical level that I’d much rather spend my time exploring the adventures of Luke Skywalker than reading the Word of God, the truth of my Creator, Lord, and Savior.

    Is this George Lucas’ (or Disney’s, or J. J. Abrams’) fault? No. It’s my own. I could just as easily have gotten addicted to something else – drugs, alcohol, Justin Bieber. *shudder* But I can’t help being a little bitter about it. I kind of wish these films had never existed. But yet, at thirty years old now, I lie to my poor mother about going to work and instead secretly take a vacation day two months in advance, and trudge through a snowstorm, just to see this new movie without her knowing. (She hates Star Wars and is still resentful over sowing my youthful wild oats over them, and I don’t blame her a bit.)

    I know what the solution for this is – to cry out to God and repent. To fall on His mercy and beg that he free me of this idiotic obsession, and instead fill me with fear and desire and love for Christ and His will. But I’m not there yet. I’m not yet broken in horror over my sins. Regeneration isn’t just about “feels,” but there should certainly be an emotional aspect along with the rational, a true grasping of the magnitude of my iniquity and the sacrifice Christ made for sinners such as myself, and I frankly feel I’m rather sociopathic in my apathy toward God, thus I know regeneration has not happened yet.

    For now I’ve just been trying to drown out the mental strains of John Williams’ music with loud Paul Washer sermons. Maybe it’ll work eventually.

    I just cringe at people, Christian or otherwise, who feel it’s a rite of passage to introduce their children to Star Wars. As you say, Fred, the vast majority of them won’t be hooked for life beyond a passing, “Yeah, that was cool.” But may they not be like me. May they not find their idol in what a certain circle of the fandom refers to as “melodramatic space trash.”

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