Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The True, The Good .... and the Force

The Cincinnati Enquirer just published an article on our church's Gospel According to Star Wars class.

  • Here's the link to the story

  • Then at 6:30 this morning, the Jim Scott show on WLW called and did a brief interview. As of this writing, we have had 40 hits on our website today (about 4-5 times what we normally have in a whole day!).

  • See our Website

  • Needless to say, I'm jazzed. Not just for the free publicity (though that is quite nice) but also for the opportunities we have here. For four years I've been talking about the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. My understanding of Christian doctrine tells me about general revelation -- the idea that all creation tells of God's glory, His character, His goodness. Check out Psalm 19 "The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard." or perhaps Romans 1 "...what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." Simply put, God leaves his thumbprints all over creation, even in the imaginations of creative human beings like George Lucas.

    Then when they tell their stories -- even if they don't know that they're talking about God, they wind up talking about Him. Paul demonstrates this on Mars Hill in Athens in Acts 17 "men of Athens, I see that you are religious people" and he goes on to reaveal the God of truth behind their shadowy shrines and their poets -- indeed the God who created within them their instinct for worship and their instinct for beauty.

    And this is what we've been trying to do for the past 4 years with the Gospel according to the Simpsons, the Art Museum Devotional projects, The Gospel According to Shakespeare, countless film references in sermons -- and now the Gospel According to Star Wars -- we're trying to reveal the redemptive truth behind the shadowy pictures of truth, beauty, and goodness that surround us in the stories we hear and read.

    What really stokes my fire is that I didn't even author this study -- Brook authored it, Andy teaches it. You don't have to be a religious professional to learn to view every element of the world through a Christian worldview -- indeed it probably helps if you're not a religious professional.

    Hope you get a chance to check out the study -- let me know what you think!