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I have been a fan of the Star Wars series since I stood in long lines nearly 30 years ago, to see the very first one in the theaters. I love the characters and the action and special effects but my favorite part of the movie is the battle of The Force over The Dark Side-Good vs. Evil.

I was drawn to the battle because it illustrates perfectly the true battle in the world of Satan and His demons versus God and His battalions of angels.

When it was revealed that Darth Vader was the father of Luke Sywalker my faith in the saga was a bit shaken because I felt the allegory faltered that good and evil would be interlinked. Once again in the new Episode this link appears in the character of Kylo Ren, the son of Hans and Leia. With further reflection, this link is actually a big part of the true story of good and evil, as the struggle is real within the hearts and souls of all humans.

When sin entered the human race through the sins of Adam and Eve, it became part of our DNA and the struggle will not end until we are released from our earthly bodies.

Paul spoke of this struggle in Romans 7 :

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Through faith in Christ, though the struggle continues, God has given us The Force in the form of the Holy Spirit to overcome the pull toward sin and the flesh of the Dark Side of Evil.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

As in The Force Awakens, so in today’s world it seems that evil is an indomitable power that is growing and encroaching more and more on our daily lives.  We face what was prophesized by Christ:

Matthew 24: 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

But just as in Star Wars, good will overcome evil in the end. We are in the dark night of evil’s rule but as Psalm 30:5 reminds us:

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

 

Another fact in Star Wars that is true in reality, is that it is the weak and powerless that are used by the power of good to overcome evil.

1 Corinthians 1:27

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

And Paul continues to encourage us about Christ’s power in us.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

As you enjoy the victory over the Dark Side in The Force Awakens, be encouraged that Good wins over Evil in the end of our story as well.

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….unto death. This was the accomplishment of the martyred as described by St. John in Revelation 12:11.

We live in a culture of fear.  With mass shootings and terrorist slayings throughout the world, fear is growing. Believers in Jesus Christ are admonished “Fear Not”.  It is said that “fear not” is found 365 times in the Bible.  It is the command given more than any other.

And yet fear seems to be the driving force for what is happening in the world for believers and non-believers alike.  Out of fear-we have handed over our privacy by allowing our government to monitor our phone calls and emails thanks to the Patriot Act of 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks. Out of fear-we have allowed our very bodies to be violated by TSA employees in order to board a plane. Out of fear- we have sacrificed many lives to wars, air attacks and drone bombings.  Out of fear-we have it made more difficult for those weary souls to find freedom in America who are fleeing deadly organizations and regimes.

The root of this fear is the fact that we love our lives.  We are not willing to “pick up our cross and die”.

We are not like the heroes mentioned in Hebrews:

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.  15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.  16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16

They sought for a greater life, an eternal life with God and did not cling to this earthly life.

Jesus reminded us what we should fear-

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

As we deal with the perpetrators of evil we should also remember that the power behind the evil is the true cause of the evil,  not the earthly pawns that carry it out.

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Revelation 12:11 tells us what overcomes this evil:

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

I am reminded of the story of Jim Elliot  and his fellow missionaries to the Amazon jungle, who, when confronted with the evil that caused the tribesmen to attack them, did not love their lives.  Although they had guns that were more powerful than the arrows of the tribesmen, would not kill them because they knew that the tribesmen would go to eternal death without Christ.

As the days get darker and this world reaches its end, will we choose to love our lives and live in fear, or love our God and live lives of faith and courage?  The choice is ours.

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If there was ever any doubt as to whom President Obama has his allegiance to there is none now.  He had the audacity to downplay the barbarism and violence of The Islamic State of Islam or ISIS and other Islamic terrorists at the  National Day of Prayer  breakfast.

Our “one nation under God” that this country was founded on was not the God Allah, but the God Yaweh- the Judeo-Christian God.  At the prayer breakfast this God and his followers were defamed and ridiculed by comparing the Historical violence of Christianity to the present atrocities of the followers of Allah.

Obama has a very dim understanding of history, because both the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades were in retaliation to the violence and invasion of the Islamic Jihad  during the 1400’s. To compare Christ who murdered no one to Mohammed who murdered innocents is also a misinterpretation of history .

The question might be what is the motivation behind Mr. Obama’s statements?

Is it to justify his lack of concerted effort  against ISIS?

Is it some kind of reprimand against Christians for disagreeing with his policies on marriage, and Obamacare’s forcing organizations to provide abortions for their employees? Steven Crowder  called it “evil” to make this kind of accusation against Christians.

This made me reflect on one of the most evil rulers in history- Adolph Hitler.  I found that in his speeches, he blamed past wars and the historical so called “evils” of the Jewish people as a justification for the Holocaust .

Was the President blaming Christians for the murders committed by ISIS and other Islamic terrorists?  Is he setting up the American people for an American Jihad against them?

The anti-discrimination laws are already putting Christians at risk of incarceration as I mentioned in my last blog.

The question is-will non-Christian Americans believe the rhetoric the way non-Jewish Germans did in 1941 and allow it to happen?

The Bible promises that “pride goeth before a fall”. The pride of this man far outweighs that of any other Commander in Chief in the history of the United States.  His executive orders have made him more of a monarch than a president. The  monarchs of England   who took the kind liberties that Obama has taken were soon out of power. How far will we let his abuses go as a nation?