May the Force be with you

In honour of the fourth of May—what many have come to know as Star Wars Day, let’s talk about the Force.

The act of living generates a force field, an energy. That energy surrounds us; when we die, that energy joins with all the other energy. There is a giant mass of energy in the universe that has a good side and a bad side. We are part of the Force because we generate the power that makes the Force live. When we die, we become part of that Force, so we never really die, we continue as part of the Force.

George Lucas describing the Force.

In the Star Wars films, the general farewell between Jedi knights is, “May the Force be with you.” In Christian terms, “Go with God.” While George Lucas’ epic story between good and evil, light and dark isn’t a Christian story, it doesn’t mean that we can’t look at them through the filter of Word of God. We can liken the Force to the Holy Spirit. But rather than we become a part of it, the Spirit becomes a part of us.

When the construction of the temple was complete, Solomon dedicated the building to the glory of God. He goes on to bless the people of Israel.

Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

1 Kings 8:56-61 (NIV)

In short, “May the force be with you.” Solomon’s prayer was like Yoda reminding Luke to trust the Force, to feel and see the Force in everything around him. Solomon encouraged Israel to remember who brought them to the place where they now stood and to fully commit themselves to the One who caused it all to happen.

Solomon’s prayer is one that we can pray for ourselves, our families, and our churches every day. Turn to God. Walk in His ways. Keep His commands. Fully commit to the Lord. All of this is made possible through the aid of the Holy Spirit which was sent to us for that purpose. The Spirit, like the Force, is there for our benefit. He makes great power available to us and helps us to do that which we are called to do.

So go out, walk in God’s ways. Get yourself in tune with the Holy Spirit.

May the Force be with you.

Read: 1 Kings 8-9, Luke 23:39-56

Blessed

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.

Luke 7:23 (ESV)

It’s nearly impossible these days to not be offended by something. It’s in the news and all over social media. No one is allowed to have their own beliefs any more if they do not fall under the banner of being politically correct. Everyone is offended by everyone else.

My neighbourhood has recently seen a string of vehicle and home break-ins. Not two or three. More like fifty or sixty. The entire neighbourhood is now on watch for a certain few people that have been caught on camera with suspicious actions. The community is on high alert, and rightly so. But it has started getting out of hand.

Photos of random people knocking on doors are being posted and those people are declared thieves – all they did was ring a doorbell. Recently the warnings have transferred from potential thieves and miscreants to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Posts on the community social media page read something like, “JWs up the street caught on camera. Lock your doors and have your baseball bats ready.” People then comment that they’d rather have thieves in the area than JWs. I took offence at that.

When did it become offensive to share something you believe has value?

I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness. I don’t agree with all of their theology or methods, but I give them credit for their devotion and dedication. A lot of Christians could learn from them in that area.

Jesus made this statement in Luke after he’d healed people of diseases, plagues and evil spirits He’d restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and life to the dead. He shared good news with the poor and people were offended by it.

In a world full of offence, where do you stand? Will you stand up for people who, like Jesus, purpose to do good or will you rally with those who would offer warnings of those same people?

Daily Bible reading: Judges 1-2, Luke 7:1-30