Scripture: I Timothy 6:12-16 (NIV)
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
“Fight the good fight of the faith.” While these are words from today’s lesson here on Palm Sunday, they would have also fit in well with the Jedi throughout their history. They often had skirmishes or the like throughout their lives, but for the most part they always tried to do so from a position of light. The Jedi used the Force for defense, but they would battle if necessary for protecting themselves or others. As they did, though, they continued to do their best to keep mercy and justice in mind rather than anger or retaliation.
During the Clone Wars, the Jedi were tested in the “good fight” portion of the whole thing. It’s easy to show justice and mercy when things are going well and there’s no significant threats. The war changed that, moving the Jedi from peacekeepers to soldiers, no matter what Mace Windu may have said in Attack of the Clones. The Jedi struggled with staying true to their core while dealing with a situation that didn’t seem to allow them to do so.
Jesus fought the good fight all the way through Holy Week. Here on Palm Sunday, we remember how he came into Jerusalem feted as a king by the same people that would turn on him a few days later. Yet Jesus never wavered. He didn’t change His tune or His message as things got stormy and death closed in. Neither should we.
We have to fight the good fight every day, battling the forces of this world with prayer and supplication to the Lord. We have to train ourselves with Bible study and small groups of encouragement and accountability. We have to prepare our hearts and our minds every time we go out into the world. Keep up the good fight!