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“‘Star Wars’ Religion: Temple Of The Jedi Order Ordains Ministers, Performs Weddings”
(H/T: a terribly confused former client who, in his Facebook posting, thanks atheist Richard Dawkins)
Sadly, this is not a joke… or a surprise.
How many individuals do you know who profess the name of Christ, perhaps including yourself, who can quote lines from Star Wars more readily than they can quote from the words of eternal life — from God’s Word? (Younger folk can ask the same question about films such as Harry Potter. Nearly everyone nowadays can say the same about pop music lyrics.) How many do you know who are more comfortable quoting such things in more situations and with more people than they are quoting God’s Word? (I stand convicted of having done this myself.)
My heart breaks for those lost, thirsty souls drawn in by this polluted spring — just the latest in a long string of many re-packagings of the original, deadly-attractive lie, offered-up by the crafty one, inviting pride to blossom: “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) Even sadder is that many flee to this (or things like it) because the ‘churches’ they’ve tasted have offered them something other than the pure, refreshing gospel and true fellowship with it — spiritual waters almost as polluted by the world as this man-made fantasy.
2nd Timothy 4:1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word ; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
From the Temple of the Jedi Order website:
Jediism is the religion of The Force. We are not fictional Jedi from the wonderful Star Wars movies, neither are we role playing. Jediism is not the same as that which is portrayed within the Star Wars Saga by George Lucas and Lucasfilm LTD. George Lucas’ Jedi are fictional characters that exist within a literary and cinematic universe.
The Jedi discussed within this website refer to real people within this world that live or lived their lives according to the principles of Jediism, of which we recognize and work together as a community to both cultivate and celebrate. Jedi Apprentices, Knights, Scholars, Masters, and High Councilors embrace Jediism as a real living, breathing religion and sincerely strive to seek out and emulate real life examples of Jediism in the long rich history of mankind. Jediism bases less of its focus on myth and fiction and more upon those real life examples of Jediism.
We believe in Peace, Justice, Love, Learning and using our abilities for Good [note the caps] so it’s unlikely that our way conflicts with your beliefs and traditions. [Ungrounded assertion number one; in fact, it does conflict. Christ makes the unilateral claim to being Truth it/Him self. In the footnotes, they cryptically refer to "a handful of destructive cults which have had an overall negative effect" likely including true Christianity, in their view.]
A real Jedi may belong to any Church or no other Church as long as s/he takes a true oath to follow our Creed and Code. [Just as a 'real' (crafty) serpent can inhabit any garden, most syncretistic mystery religions don't mind if you dabble with others. Note though their superficial tolerance (a form of pride: 'look how tolerant we are!', undergirded by an insistence on taking their oath to follow their man-made, antichrist creed; my emphasis added throughout]
Luke 18:19 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good ? No one is good except God alone.
1st John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
Think about what this means. My friend (who through conversation after conversation has ostensibly eschewed all things related to any religion) formulates his worldview based on the koans of a billionaire Hollywood writer/director who, not quite forty years ago expressed his pagan religious beliefs through the mouth of a green, polystyrene puppet? And people say there’s not enough evidence to trust Jesus…
(Doubling the irony is the fact that the picture was originally posted (or at least popularized by its presence) on the Facebook page of George Takei — the homosexual activist actor who played Lieutenant (later Commander) Sulu in the original Star Trek series and subsequent films.)
It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. What happens when fiction decides it cannot tolerate truth?
UPDATE III: Here’s another fiction-inspired variant which a relative of mine put as their profile picture: