When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to be a Jedi Knight. I blew out the power in the house (and almost electrocuted myself to death) trying to build a lightsaber; I tried the Jedi Mind Trick (sadly, to no avail), and I tried for hours to focus really hard and levitate small objects.
I swear I think I almost “kind of” moved a pencil this one time.
Wanting to help me better distinguish between “fiction” and “reality” my parents tried to explain to me that there was no real Luke Skywalker, but that his name was really Mark Hamill. I said that I understood, and went outside with my lightsaber and begain to pretend I was Jedi Knight: Mark Hamill.
Maybe I did not quite get the point that they were trying to make, but to be fair the lines between reality and fiction had already already blurred. We are talking about a child who was instructed to not believe in Santa Claus anymore, but was still encouraged to put his teeth under a pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect. Not to mention the fact that he was still under the impression that a super-being built the world in 6 days (then took a nap), and that although a man could live inside a giant fish, he could not possibly climb a giant beanstalk.
Today in bible school I took a survey, and the overwhelming majority of students there would drop out of their pastoral or counseling degree programs in a heartbeat to become a Jedi Knight (or in one case a superhero) if that were an option.
However, seeing that there are no good Jedi Academies in the area I guess that theology is going to have to do for now.
Now it may seem a bit disheartening to some of you that your eternal souls are in their hands, but for me it give me hope; a new hope. For you see, deep-down these pimply little Christians just want to be the hero. They want to save the damsel in distress, help the orphan, train up the rebellious youth, defeat the big-ass monster, save the planet, save the cute little Ewoks, and watch the scoundrel turn into the guy with the heart of gold.
Yet, if we have no superpowers, and all the Jedi schools are closed then what do we do? I guess the answer for some of us is that we turn to religion. Does that have to be the case though? We think that if we were something greater than ourselves, then at that moment we could do something to practically help people. If I were _____ , then I could do _____ !
Since we are not “super” we consider the next best option: God. Since I am less than adequate to do _____ , I will hope that God can do _____ through me.
The funny part to me is that we think that if could have “power” then we would be a hero and help people practically (in real life), but since we can’t we opt to help them spiritually instead. Is this true though? Is there nothing that you can physically do to help others and your world today? Can you not make a difference in real life? Is there no cause that needs a hero today?
I can think of a couple, and (Who knows?) maybe I am just the man needed for the job.
Now if you will please excuse me, I think its time to stop praying for power and time to start learning how to build that lightsaber again.
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