The following is a column I wrote for Grandin Media reflecting on the birth of Jesus… and Star Wars:
The world of Star Wars has a great deal in common with the world into which Jesus was born.
When the original Star Wars movie (“A New Hope”) was released in 1977, we learned about a history which took place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” We heard how much of this galaxy was being oppressed by an evil Empire, under the leadership of the all-powerful Emperor Palpatine. The Empire sought to bring order to the galaxy by conquering it, but the common people understandably did not wish to be conquered. This would give rise to the Rebellion, where we would encounter those compelling heroes of the original Star Warstrilogy.
At the time of Jesus, the known world was being oppressed by an evil (Roman) Empire, under the leadership of an emperor who believed himself to be all-powerful. The Roman empire had achieved what is known today as the “Pax Romana” (Roman Peace) – a period of relative peace and stability for the known world, that was achieved largely because Rome had conquered everyone else.
In Scripture, we hear about the ways in which the Israelites, like many others, were not pleased with having been conquered … in the midst of their own rebellions they were awaiting a promised Messiah…
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