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America is divided for one, simple, yet profound reason. We no longer believe the same things.
Take the case of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Politically they were polar opposites, yet they shared the most basic principles of morality, right and wrong.
In today's America, most on the political left don't believe in an all powerful, benevolent Creator. Most on the right believe in a God, but they don't really live as if he exists and are accountable to him.
Of all of the questions or tools you can use to start a conversation about Jesus and share your faith with someone, this one may be the most useful: "Are you a religious person?"
There are many ways of opening up a faith conversation. Perhaps you've heard these types of questions: Do you go to church? Where are you on your spiritual journey? What do you believe about God? What do you believe about Jesus?
This is a post from a few years ago, but since The Last Jedi has been released I thought to revisit it.
First, let me say that it's just a movie. We shouldn't take our entertainment too seriously. But entertainment does teach us things and it can reinforce our values or oppose our values. Who can deny that most of American entertainment opposes biblical values?
That being said, I enjoy the Star Wars movies. The Star Wars saga is epic in nature and presents a morality play that we can use if properly understood. But that doesn't mean we should just accept the quasi-good/evil scenario that is portrayed in Star Wars. In fact, if you examine the good/evil scenario drawn in the movies and compare it with a biblical view of morality, you can only come away with one conclusion.
The Jedi are bad.
The Jedi aren't as bad as the Sith. And the empire in Star Wars isn't good. But that doesn't mean that the Jedi are good either. They are simply a different form of evil than the Sith. It's like the war in Syria. ISIS is bad, really bad. But in terms of the whole conflict, with the exception of the victims, there are no good guys on any side. Thus it is with Star Wars. The Sith are bad. The empire is bad. But so are the Jedi. From a biblical perspective, they're just a different kind of bad.
Here are several reasons, from George Lucas' epic series and the scripture, why the Jedi, as heroes, are not all they're cracked up to be.
The book of Leviticus can be a difficult read. It is filled with laws and regulations about ceremonial sacrifices, leprosy and health codes, dietary restrictions, and commands about relationships and sexual sins. In my early exploration of Christianity I was discouraged by reading texts like Leviticus, worried I could never measure up to what it taught. If that was Christianity, I thought, then it was too hard.
Regarding the problem of evil, the atheist objects saying, “How can God be all-knowing and all-loving and let evil exist?”
Underlying the atheist’s mindset is not that God is all-loving, rather, it assumes that a moral God must be only-loving. In fact, God possesses the full range of emotions and intellectual capacity as man, more so, thus, saying God is all-loving does not imply that he is only-loving.