[This blog may reveal important details about plot development.]
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was the sixth Star Wars movie to be released. In it, Anakin fears losing Padmé because of a recurring and vivid dream. The chancellor promises to teach him the power to save her using the dark side of the force. After facing an inner struggle, Anakin turns to the dark side and nearly loses his life in battle against Obi-Wan. Padmé dies in childbirth as the Chancellor arranges for Anakin’s medical care.
In all of the Star Wars movies, we see evil represented by the dark side. Specifically in this movie, we see the Chancellor symbolize a Satan-like figure. He is clever. He did not introduce himself as a sith at their first meeting and invite Anakin to come to the dark side. Instead, the Chancellor built a relationship with Anakin while disguising himself as someone good. In 2 Corinthians 11:14, we read this is precisely Satan’s strategy “…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
After the Chancellor had built a relationship, he exploited Anakin’s negative emotions of fear and anger. Instead of struggling against negative emotions, Anakin gave into them. Chancellor Palpatine made false promises to the young jedi by offering him the opportunity to use evil powers to save Padmé. Sadly, he surrendered himself in exchange for this power that seemed so important at the time; yet, in the end, he never even obtained. Anakin lost his bright future, healthy body, and the love of his life.
If Christians apply this allegory to our spiritual lives, we can fortify our souls against Satan’s aggression. First, we can recognize and withdraw from people or things in our lives that appear to be good but do not exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). Second, we can reject negative emotions instead of acting on them. If we have fearful thoughts, we can dismiss them and persevere in our circumstance. When we are faced with anger, we can choose to forgive and let go of the rage. Finally, we can turn to God in prayer for the things we want to happen instead of trying to obtain what we want with unnatural powers or by pursuing them without God’s blessing. Satan’s plans for us are death and destruction, but God’s plans are abundant life lived to the fullest. Let us take courage and follow Christ to sure victory!
NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: Allow the audience to witness the long-lasting, painful consequences of evil actions.
NOTE TO WRITERS: Write a story about a character who makes a bad decision and suffers severe consequences. Allow your character to experience all of the factors that influenced your poor decision.
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Kim Bond is a Christian author and editor. Visit her at www.drawneartochrist.com.