The Star Wars movies are high on the list of my favorite movies ever produced. Besides being great family entertainment, they tell a fabulous story of evil being overcome by good.

Luke Skywalker was, as everyone knows, a Jedi Knight. According to some, Jedi is code for Jesus Disciple. Intentional or not, it is obvious to anyone with even a basic knowledge of the biblical story that there are hundreds of veiled references to the biblical worldview in the Star Wars movies (as well as to other, non-biblical worldviews).

Shmi Skywalker was a loving, soft-spoken woman who was determined to provide a better future for her only son, Anakin. She knew her son was special and as the story unfolds it becomes clear that Anakin is the one spoken of in ancient Jedi prophecy. He was the Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force. His birth was extraordinary—there was no father. Anakin was selfless, kind, and gifted. He had no thoughts of greed or malice in him.

That is not to say the boy was docile. When his adrenaline surged, Anakin had an aggressive competitive streak (money changers in the Temple). He was the only human being capable of handling the extreme speeds of Podracing. His small frame allowed him to sit in the tiny cockpit and his superhuman reflexes (the product of Force-intuition) gave him the advantage he needed to compete and overcome.

Evil is presented as having all the power—superior technology, more abundant troops, even more intelligence (the Emperor, Darth Vader, etc.) Good, on the other hand, is often cast in the person of a mumbling, bumbling goofball (Jar Jar Binks, Chewbacca, etc.) Again, these are all clear, and yet veiled, references to the story of the gospel.

The trouble is that disciples of Jesus should not express who they are in code. A spectator viewing Star Wars will leave the theater with a vague understanding of the power of good conquering evil in spite of all appearances to the contrary. A person leaving the presence of a Christian, however, should never leave with such a murky understanding. Boldness means telling the story clearly, persistently, and constantly. Given what is at stake, the gospel of Jesus must not be veiled.

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