It may seem unbelievable, but my Star Wars virginity was taken only a few weeks ago. I’m writing this article in hopes of sharing a new perspective with the fans of Star Wars. I sat down to watch Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope with an impartial view on the mythical galaxy movies that have long taken the world by storm. To my surprise, I was a huge fan! I enjoyed the characters, humor, and the ongoing, ever-present, allegory of faith. This being said, I want to discuss Luke Skywalker’s faith journey and how I see its connection to our own lives.
To start off, there’s no doubt that Luke has an immense amount of faith. He easily places trust in Obi-Wan and decides to leave Tatooine after his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were killed. I relate this to my belief that everything happens for a reason which is a big part of my own faith journey. If it weren’t for the loss of his guardians, Luke might never have left and been able to destroy the Death Star, saving the rebel base. It makes sense to say this was God’s way of getting Luke to where he needed to be. Luke’s faith journey seems to develop as he turns off his targeting computer in order to blow up the Death Star. He trusts in the guidance of the Force.
This is an accurate depiction of what faith really is. Faith is not knowing but rather just believing. It is the vulnerability of letting go of fears and worries to trust in something else, something much bigger than what we are. Luke didn’t know what the result of turning off his technology would be, but it didn’t matter. Somehow, he felt protection, comfort, and certainty. Whether you consider yourself to be religious or spiritual, we can all admit that for some unknown reason, faith just feels right.
This begs the questions, if faith can give us such confidence in ourselves and choices, why do we ever question it? Well, maybe we’re not as willing to let go and let God as Luke is. I suppose the reason we’re less inclined to hand situations over to God is because we like to be in control of every part of our lives. For example, I’m sure we’ve all been afraid of losing someone who means a lot to us, whether it’s a significant other, relative, or friend. However, the truth is, fear and worry won’t stop that from happening.
We must have faith because at the end of the day, that’s the best option. I will admit, there’s been times when I’ve reacted to a situation in a similar way to Luke. Hell, every time I go on a rollercoaster I’m putting faith in God that I won’t fly out of my seat!
This lack of control must be how Luke felt. His leap of faith is proof that he believes in all that the Force can do. The next question that can be asked is does he see turning off his computer as the last option or the only option? Does he believe he’s probably going to die anyway or does he believe he will die if he doesn’t hand it over to the Force?
As an eighteen year old girl, I often see technology coming before faith. I’m no longer attending a Catholic school and I’ll admit, I’ve been forgetting to pray. This is probably because when I’m bored, I go on my phone. I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to picking up our phones instead of working on our faith. Contrary to this, when things get tough our phones don’t help, but faith does. We are treating faith as the last option. However, George Lucas made it apparent that in order for good to come our way, we must put faith first.
Luke’s faith journey in Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope can be a lesson to anyone who is facing distractions in life. It’s important to remember that life is much bigger than the obstacles ahead of us. As clichéd as it sounds, we must trust in the process and acknowledge that having faith is part of being human. We may not always know why we have it or even what we have it in, but faith is a part of our journey, just like it is for Luke. I look forward to watching the rest of the Star Wars movies and seeing where Luke’s journey of faith leads him.