One of the repeated bits of advice I hear for parents trying to instill the Word of God in their children’s lives is: “Put it in terms they will understand.” But, I never really expected that advice to play out in a Galaxy far, far away.
We were on the way to the grocery store. The topic came around to Little Man’s love of making videos showing off his Lego skills. I was paying him a compliment. Then, I went a little further and suggested that it would be great if he could work in some of the great things about Jesus into his Lego demo videos.
The puzzled look I saw in the rear view mirror made me realize I had some explaining to do. And, before I knew it we were making links between the Star Wars characters and the teachings of the Bible! Before you start thinking “she has lost it” please keep reading.
We started with the Best Buddies Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. I asked what they thought about the guys being as close as brothers. They agreed, Han and Luke would do anything for each other. Cue the quote of Proverbs 18:24: “…but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”
They both chimed in that would couldn’t leave Chewie out of that friendship.
Little Princess chimed in, “What about Princess Leia?” (She is a big fan, because “Gorls Wule!”) Let’s see. The young Princess Leia led her people and loved them enough to put her life on the line for them. Hmm.. sounds a lot like John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” And, didn’t a Queen named Esther do something very similar when God called her to follow His plan for her life?
We even took on the promise of salvation. We saw how the evil Emperor tempted Anakin Skywalker to the dark side. And, then we saw the redemption that came at the end when Darth Vader was convinced through the love of his son Luke, to turn from his evil ways. Granted – I had to take a little creative license here. But, what was really neat was the fact that the kiddos took over from there! They went on to explain that the Emperor was very much like the devil. He used evil powers to trick Anakin Skywalker into thinking that his way was better than the side of good. “And, Who is the leader of the Good side?” I asked. They said, “Jesus!”
Teachable moments come in all shapes, sizes, and star systems. The important lesson for us grown ups is to make sure we are asking God to point out these teaching times to us. All we have to do is be open to them, God will do the rest. So, have some fun! Let me know about your unusual, but effective, teaching moments like The Gospel in a Galaxy Far, Far Away!