Friday Follies: Predestination in Star Wars?
I was putting away a few stray books today, and I came across my Episode 3 novel and the “expanded universe” sequel: Dark Lord – The Rise of Darth Vader. Thinking about this monumental event in Star Wars, I suddenly came across a realization: Anakin was predestined by the Force to purge the Jedi and thus bring balance to existence.
It was a “whoa” moment. It kind of crystallized several thoughts on predestination I’ve been trying to think through lately. Think about it: Anakin Skywalker was The Chosen One. As such, his destiny was to bring balance to the Force. This was the will of the Force decreed through some obscure Jedi prophet thousands of years before his birth.
Now, if you know anything about Star Wars, you also know that the Force is eternal and operates much in the same way as the Holy Spirit, though the Force is very Arminian in operation. It allows humans to act as they please within its power. And as such, the Jedi had been trying to force (no pun intended) Anakin to fit the mold they had made for the Chosen One instead of submitting themselves to the will of the Force. Anakin irresistibly went to his destiny as the most tragic character of all time, cleansing the imbalance in the Force through his evil acts. Then in one last supreme act, he completely obliterated the old guard, killing the Emperor while sacrificing himself, leaving Luke to rediscover the mysteries of the Force for a new generation.
How does this relate to Christianity? Do you see the progression? Anakin was chosen by the will of the Force to bring balance, and it seems that from the moment he was born he was tainted by the Dark Side (he’s rumored to be a creation of the Sith). He was driven irresistibly towards his destiny, and was given the strength to endure to the end. The only point in there that doesn’t work (in fact, it’s not even implied) is limited atonement.
I have increasingly been coming to a position that belief in predestination means total submission to God’s sovereignty and His will for our lives. To attempt to shape God’s plan to our human desires is not only wrong, sin; it is utter and total stupidity. We are not Jedi who attempt to divine some vague disturbance in the Force and where it leads and then attempt to shape that disturbance to meet our ends. We are creations of the Almighty Force who rules over us all, and as such have no right to even attempt to alter His plans. Even if His plan results in our death, we must humbly submit to Him.
No wonder Tertullian claimed the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
And that’s my Star Wars moment this week.
Man, I’m such a geek. Mohler would be proud.