Scripture: I Corinthians 1:17-31 (NIV)
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
When you are ranking foolish things in the world, Star Wars probably would be sorta high on the list. A story about space wizards, laser swords, princesses, and scoundrels? What kind of relevance is that to a world that has hunger, want, war, and evil? Surely there’s no reason to pick up these childish things. After all, even Paul said he put those away when he grew up (I Corinthians 13:11).
And yet the Lord loves to use the smallest, the weakest, the seemingly insignificant and foolish to proclaim his message to the world. There is no way that George Lucas ever thought his little movie would be used to bring the Word of God to people and yet I can count at least six different devotional books on Amazon with exactly this same premise, interpreting the Word and Will of God through this foolish lens. (Including this 40-day devotional that might be a good alternative to these emails!)
Because when you are talking to unbelievers, the story of the Gospel is almost as unbelievable, as strange, as anything Lucas put to film. The Creator of the Universe becomes His creation? And He does so not in glory, not to impose His will on the world, but to live among them and try to teach them the right way? And He knows exactly that this path will end in His gruesome death, yet He does nothing to stop it? And then, after all that, He is resurrected and taken up into glory? Who writes this stuff anyway? Nobody’s ever going to believe this!
But it happened. We know it happened and we see and feel the impact of that decision every day. We have eternal life and a purpose on this earth because it happened. So using a story for children to tell universal truths and explain the inexplicable…well, that’s not so crazy now, is it?