The Mixed Linen of Star Wars
May 24 05
Back before I was saved, I decided I was going to read the Bible from start to finish. My husband at the time had a Bible, but he hadn't read much of it. I picked it up one day and started at Genesis. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, half way through Numbers. I was done. I didn't understand any of it and I thought it was a stupid book. There were things in Leviticus, in particular, that set me off. I didn't know why they called it Leviticus, but I thought they should have named it Ridiculous. It all seemed downright silly to me. Why would God care if the people wore one kind of fabric with another kind of fabric? In Leviticus 19:19, it says, "You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you."
Years ago, I didn't understand. Today, it makes complete sense. In this law, God was telling His people that they were to be set apart from the surrounding pagan nations. God is holy; He is pure. It was God's desire that His people understand His holiness and purity. Therefore, in all that the people would do, the LORD would have them be reminded of His holiness and purity. From their livestock, to their fields, to their clothing, God was continually reminding them not to mix the holy with the unholy, the pure with the impure. As a people, they were not to mix with the surrounding pagan nations and in their lives before a holy God, they were to remember God's holiness in all that they did.
Today, as Christians, we have liberty; we are not under the law. We don't think much about what types of cloth we wear together, nor should we, but if we are listening to the Holy Spirit, we are reminded daily that we are not to mix the pure with the impure in the spiritual sense. We are not to take what is holy and mix it with the unholy, and then justify the mixture by emphasizing the holy.
So, now, our case in point. Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. The Matrix. The rock band, U2. There may be what seems to be something Godly in all of these things, but because each of them is mixed with the unGodly, we cannot have anything to do with them. God hates it when we mix the holy with the unholy because it distorts and perverts the true character and nature of God. Christians are to be ambassadors for God to the lost. As ambassadors, we are to truly represent God. We are to conduct ourselves such that the lost will see the true character and nature of God. If we mix the holy with the unholy and call it 'good,' we then tell the world that God is either not holy, or that He is not concerned about holiness, or both.
The Bible tells us that nothing unholy can enter heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9, 15:50). That is the message we are to present to the lost. We are to let everyone know that we are all sinners, unholy, unable to enter heaven, but that Yeshua came to pay the penalty for our sin, our unholiness. Upon acceptance of Yeshua's gift of salvation, we are born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and His holiness.
Star Wars, for example, has been justified by Christians as a Godly piece of entertainment because the movies tell the story of good versus evil and good wins in the end. Christians have looked long and hard for anything they can find in these movies that would justify their endorsement. There are books for Christians that explain how these movies really are Christian. Yet, I find that these movies are just the opposite. Yes, they are fairly clean, void of sex and degrading language. However, the story itself is anything but Christian.
Here's the story: Some people are good and some people are evil. We can tell them apart by the deeds they do. Not Biblical. All people are evil at heart and can only be redeemed by the blood of Christ, not by simply doing good deeds. Evil is represented by Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Anakin was born of a virgin; hence, we have Christians everywhere saying that Anakin is a type of Christ. Wrong. Anakin becomes the epitome of evil in Darth Vader. Does your Christ go to the dark side? If so, you are following the antichrist, not the Christ of God. Indeed, it is more fitting to view Vader as the antichrist, someone who forsakes the gods of his fathers and does not regard the Father nor the Son (although the antichrist theme does not pan out in the end, either). Then, we have evil killed by good, as Darth Vader is killed by his son, Luke. Luke is representative of good (although not purely good) and he gets his power from "the force." Not Biblical. God is not a force; He is a personal being. In addition, we do not become good by tapping into the power of God. No one is good except God Himself (Mark 10:17). Righteousness is imputed by Christ at the moment of salvation and cannot be earned by good works nor by simply tapping into a universal force. And when Vader dies, we are persuaded to feel a bit of sadness. We are at least somewhat grieved when Vader dies. We choke up when Luke looks Vader in the eyes and realizes he is dying. We feel Luke's pain. If Vader is the representative of Satan, why are we sad when he dies? And when we see Luke remove Vader's helmet, we are persuaded to feel that evil is not really evil; that underneath it all, Vader really was good, he just did evil things. Of course, we see him once again doing good in the end, which makes this story of good versus evil even more confusing. Again, we are all sinners and our standing before God is not based on what we do, but to whom we submit. If this is a story about good and evil, in the Biblical sense, then evil must be portrayed as evil, not as good cloaked in evil. Just as the world tells us that Satan isn't real but is only a "presence," Star Wars tells us that evil isn't really evil; that there is no absolute right and wrong, no absolute good and evil. In Star Wars, there is no Christ figure; there is no absolute good and evil; there is a little bit of evil in the good and a little bit of good in the evil; God is a force that we can tap into, but is not a personal being; and we do not attain salvation through submission to Christ, but by doing good deeds.
What are we filling our minds with? What are we teaching our children? We find it so easy to point out the sins of the world. We point to homosexuality and say that God hates that sin. We point to adultery and say that God hates that sin. But God says He also hates the sin of mixing the holy with the unholy. There will come a day when He will vomit out of His mouth the lukewarm (Revelation 3:16), those with one foot in the Church and one foot in the world (Matthew 6:24, 1 John 2:15), those who mix the holy with the unholy and call it 'good' (Isaiah 5:20).