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Lockdown Blog #7 - ‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’

Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash edited by Darren Hill

I am currently sat at my desk in my home office thinking:

What can I write about this week?

What have I done this week?

We're in lockdown so I’ve not done much!

But, one thing I have been doing is watching the Star Wars movies on Disney+... free for 1 week if you have not already got it! (No, Disney is not sponsoring this blog. I WISH!)

If you have watched this weeks outtakes video, me and Antony have discussed Star Wars at length.

But for the first time I have watched them in chronological order! (See picture below...)

Excluding time taken to switch between movies, it would take 26 hours and 44 minutes (or 1606 minutes) to watch all the Star Wars movies released to date in chronological or any order.

Those movies are (in chronological order):

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones

*Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope

**Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

***Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

But this would increase by a further 54 hours if you added *Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 37 hours 30 minutes if you added **Star Wars: Rebels, and a further 5 hours 23 minutes if you added ***The Mandalorian Season 1.

So in total: 123 Hours and 37 Minutes!

Thats a lot of Star Wars, but so worth it!

Whilst watching these movies, and a bit of Mandalorian, I can clearly see the battle of Good (Ashla/Light side) and Evil (The Dark Side).

If we look inside ourselves we can see the same battle. We all have light and dark inside of us…

There is no-one alive who does not have a weakness for a bit of the dark side or the other. Whether it be spiritual or supernatural power, material wealth or any number of obsessions; we all want power of some sort. Many times we fall for the easy power that does not take faith to possess.

Luke Skywalker is victorious at the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, marking a triumphant return by the Jedi Knights. He defeats Darth Vader and throws down his lightsaber which he created on Tatooine in 3 ABY, however, he refuses to murder Vader and takes, what seems like, success. Luke declines the offer that the Emperor presents to him, which will likely see him end up as the second in command to the Emperor, but this would of course be no victory. Instead, he stands up tall to the Emperor, stating to him “You have failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me” (a great quote by the way). Just as in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke gives up the life offered to him. But why would Luke do this?

It may seem a bit of a random connection, but Luke’s actions show us that he has learnt a lesson that in our world…

(which is ‘in a galaxy far, far away’ from ‘The Galaxy shown in Star Wars’, George Lucas NEVER SPECIFIED which galaxy it was, so we will just call it ‘The Galaxy’).

"Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff"

Han Solo.

…is illustrated in the parable of the vine and the branches in John 15. This is where God prunes the vines, as He shapes His creation. This might mean ending our lives or limiting our successes in order to prune us, if we are not working for His glory.

In this passage, Jesus does not necessarily seem concerned with the length or quality of our life. We, on the other hand, are rather concerned about both. We read these verses and we don’t want to be pruned, our first instinct is to preserve and prolong life, at whatever cost.

Jesus cares about the fruit of our lives.

That brings to question, How much do we love Him and each other in our short time on earth? In this galaxy (The Milky Way)? It is good to fear God and his power over us. However, in this passage, fearing God is not the main lesson. I think the point is to focus on living by the Spirit, like using the Force, to be fruitful.

In the moment when Vader is beaten down and the Emperor starts laughing, showing pleasure at Luke’s abilities to harness the Force, the symbol of Vader’s robotic hand brings Luke back from the edge of rage. He suddenly comprehends that his own robotic hand represents two very different and powerful forces.

Luke’s robotic hand is the direct result of the nature of the dark side. This hand, is actually evidence that he is just like his father, and he connects with the dark side.

In Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke confronts Vader in a dream, but all is not as it seems (confused yet? You have to see this for yourself -

Luke underestimates the light side. This is an ironic truth: that Luke’s single act of sparing Vader turns the tables on the entire Star Wars galaxy.

Before Luke is born, it was thought that Anakin Skywalker was too fulfil the prophesy and restore balance to the Force, (“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness! You were my brother Anakin! I loved you!” Obi-Wan Kenobi) which meant that he was to find the Sith Lord and kill him. In the movies following, the Jedi Masters do not at first understand what restoring the balance means, as they are not even aware of a Dark Lord of the Sith.

In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin has the opportunity to strike down the Emperor and fulfil his destiny, and surprise surprise he fails and instead turns evil.

Luke’s sacrifice helps turn Anakin back to his original course, who with the last ounce of his life, (spoiler alert) thrusts the Emperor down the shaft to kill him.

Were there a God in this Star Wars galaxy, Vader’s action in this instance would be due to Luke living for God, and demonstrating evidence that the Holy Spirit is truly with him.

So, this week find the Ashla/Light Side in your life!

Show love to one another and stay strong.

This lockdown can bring many feelings to us all but we will get through this together.

“The Force will be with you. Always.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi

- Darren

This week’s resource

Video: All the Star Wars movies/series/animated collections

Can be found: Disney+ or DVD/Bluray

About: Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated), Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels (animated), Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian Season I, Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars Episode VIII - The Last Jedi and Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

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