Star Wars’ quasi-spirituality: Everybody worships something.

My wife and I were blessed to have our youngest son, Steve, stay with us the last ten days. He’s an Air Force sergeant stationed down in Texas, so we only get to see him once a year. Both of our two sons are atheists, but Steve is an especially hardcore scoffer.

Our oldest son, Joe, who lives about 5 miles from us, planned a few family activities while his brother was in town, including all of us going to the movie theater this past Saturday night to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Argh!!! Some of you may think I’m a big movie buff because of my reviews of films directed by Elia Kazan, but going to the movies is actually one of the last things I want to do, ESPECIALLY to a “Star Wars” movie. Ach! I’d much rather watch paint dry on a wall than go see a “Star Wars” movie. Several times I privately shared with Steve my strong reluctance to see the movie.

So Saturday morning, my wife and I, our two sons, and oldest granddaughter had breakfast at Donuts Delite, Rochester’s legendary donut shop (see here for my review). I had the usual; a cup of joe, two giant slices of breakfast sausage pizza, and a vanilla crème-filled donut. The best! Joe then announced that he and Steve were going Christmas shopping and said to meet them at the movie theater later that evening. Argh! I definitely didn’t want to go and deliberated in my head how I was going to get out of it. The only hiccup was that my wife and I had previously asked Steve to attend church with us Sunday morning, not exactly something at the top of his hit parade. Would Steve strategically use my refusal to see “Star Wars” as an excuse for him not to go to church the next day? Yes, he certainly would. Time passed and it was getting late and I thought I might be spared “Star Wars” torture, but Joe called at 6:40PM to say he had bought tickets for the 7PM show. Ach! Double ach! But I bit the bullet and drove to the theater without voicing an audible complaint.

Once at the theater, we sat through several previews and I noticed some of the upcoming movies had a pronounced “spiritual” theme including “A Wrinkle in Time” starring New Age high priestess, Oprah Winfrey. Then came “Star Wars.” Ach, “Star Wars!” It’s a cultural phenomenon! People soak it up like religion. And it is religion for them. There’s lots of references to good versus evil and the hazy “force.” People will willingly subject themselves to every new chapter of fictional “Star Wars”-spirituality, but cannot sit still for one second under Gospel preaching. But I don’t get freaked out by “Star Wars” and its quasi-spirituality. The lost flail around trying to make sense of the Universe. The never-ending conflict between bad-guy First Order villains and the good-guy Rebels aided by the nebulous “force” appeals to them much more than the Biblical way of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The lost definitely worship at the altar of entertainment. It’s spiritual blindness. After 150 very long minutes, the final credits thankfully rolled.

Yes, Steve did attend church with us the following morning without nary a protest and he got to hear an excellent message on salvation in Christ. Thank you, Lord! Was there a crack in his hard heart? We pray the Lord continues to work in the hearts of our two boys.

Postscript: If you’re a Christian and a casual “Star Wars” fan, my apologies. I can enjoy and even cull spiritual lessons from the films of atheist director, Elia Kazan. Perhaps you can do the same with “Star Wars”?

25 thoughts on “Star Wars’ quasi-spirituality: Everybody worships something.

    1. Thanks, Maria, and Lord bless you and yours as well! But I don’t see a link. I did read an article that you or someone else posted recently about “Star Wars” quasi-spirituality.

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  1. Brother, I pray for your sons! Especially son B who heard that gospel preached. It’s interesting that you brought up the Wrinkle in Time movie. Kayliegh and I were reading that at night a while back, it’s got a lot of science and spirituality mixed together. It’s not Christianity though, it’s very new age. By the third book it’s down right inappropriate and we had to stop at book two. It was recommended to me as a kids Christian book, but there’s no Gospel, no cross, no Christ, just liberalism. I should do a review of them to warn parents of the new movie as well.

    I appreciate your post on Star Wars, it’s amazing to me what people will watch so long as it’s not preaching Christ alone! God bless you brother!

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    1. Thanks so much for your prayers for our sons, sister! It was something of a miracle that he consented to go to church with us.

      I appreciate your info on Wrinkle in Time. Anything Oprah is involved in is going to promote New Ageism. Thanks for your encouragement regarding the Star Wars spirituality. I don’t mean to dump on Star War fans because there are religious themes in all kinds of artistic expression.

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    2. Whoops, hit the “send” button by accident.

      …but, yes, it’s amazing how so many get so passionate about this “spiritual” sci-fi stuff (like our sons) but listening to the Gospel is like taking cod liver oil. Spiritual blindness. Spiritual warfare. God bless you too, sister!

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  2. Prayers for your sons my friend. As, I know you will pray for mine. I had a great visit with my daughter Christmas day, the first Christmas she had ever come to our house. Oh…you are officially ejected from our denomination for not liking Star Wars. Sheesh, my heart is broken. We were gonna be bigger than Osteen.

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    1. Thanks for your prayers, Wally, and I will be praying for your children. I’m happy for you that you were able to celebrate Christmas with your daughter. We just came back from dropping our son off at the airport. We’re very grateful for his 10-day visit.

      I think you were on vacation the day we amended our denomination’s by-laws; all members who are foolish enough to be Star Wars fans are banned from eating at The Flying Fish for ten years!!! No exceptions!

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  3. I’m glad he went to church with you! I didn’t know you didn’t like Star Wars, I thought you would be the kind of guy that would like it…I watched it on Tuesday and I am amazed at how much the Jedi and force is really a religion…I think people still have a religious hunger but they would rather have it under entertainment in order for man to be able to control and domesticate it…in a supressed idolatrous manner (Romans 1).

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    1. Thanks! Our son consenting to go to church with us was a miracle! Despite my interest in Kazan, which became a bit of a “hobby” over the years, I’m just not much of a movie guy. I think I also have a built-in dislike for what’s “hot,” grumpy old guy that I’ve become. 😊 Good thoughts on Jediism and the “force.” All very nebulous. No personal accountability except to be one of the “good guys.” But I can definitely see where the Holy Spirit could use Star Wars to spark an interest in genuine spirituality in someone.

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      1. Thanks for your prayers for him! He loves Howard Stern and picked up his scoffing atheism.

        Just finished the last Kazan film and should be writing the review tomorrow. It’s taken me over a year to get through all 19 movies. Not counting those, I’ve probably watched maybe 5 or 6 other movies this year.

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  4. Hey Tom,

    I as well will pray for your sons. Tom, if you do not mind I would really like to ask you a question here, as I am confused on something we once discussed.

    I know A and B are your sons, but… one time you and I were discussing coming into fellowship with others who for lack of a better term, “had different views of Scripture.” You made a statement more or less saying, “You would not fellowship with people such as myself, bc I am a Catholic and who do not carry the same beliefs of Scripture as yourself./But you and I could be respectful to one another.”

    Now if this is true, then why do you fellowship with your sons who are “atheist?” I am really asking bc I do not understand how you justify one and not the other?

    I realize they are your sons, and your flesh and blood and you love them. I have seen you as someone who holds strong to their beliefs especially when it comes to a Catholic. You would not come to my home and “fellowship” with me, bc of my Church/beliefs, though I would invite you. Yet, you accept non-believers into yours? Do we let go of our beliefs bc they are our kids?

    I do not believe in a parent disowning their kids for their beliefs. This is devastating to those kids, as I have read many accounts of kids who were shattered bc of a parent who would not allow a kid into their home anymore bc of the Bible, verses what these kids were doing.

    Please do not think I am judging you for this as I am not. I am trying to understand why it is okay on one end, and not okay on the other? God Bless, SR

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    1. Thanks, SR. We must distinguish between “fellowship” and “relationship.” I have many unsaved family members and friends including Roman Catholics. I treasure them all and I reach out to them with the Gospel in various ways when I can in. We are to witness to the lost, not avoid them. The unsaved are welcome in our home any time. By “fellowshiping” I was referring to joining with unbelievers in activities that would compromise the Gospel of grace. I would not participate in the religious services of the unsaved that propagate a false gospel. I have attended Catholic weddings and funerals out of love for family and friends, but when I did I stayed in the back and prayed for the salvation of all those in attendance rather than participate in the religious rituals.

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      1. Thanks so much Tom, for answering. I was just a little confused there with the statement you made to me, and then the “atheist,” statement. I just could not make it work in my head. LOL! (Of course that is not the only thing, that does not work there anymore.) 🙂

        I do understand now what you meant/mean and I hope you did not take offense. I just needed you to explain it to me. In no way was I condemning your sons, and as a father, I do so thank you for not “running them off,” for how they believe.

        I have read so many stories of how kids went to a totally different direction, as when the parents found out how they believed, they kicked them out and never saw them again. I do not for one moment think that is how God intends us to act towards others, especially our own kids, kids He gave to us. So for not being this way, I do so thank you, your kids do, and I am sure God does also.

        Again thanks for the time to answer and God Bless, SR

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