Confronting Our Inner Enemy
The summer blockbusters are upon us. There's something about summer that makes us more willing to accept storylines involving aliens, dinosaurs, Klingons, asteroids, hyperspeed, & superheros. Recently, I caught up on a couple of the biggest summertime movies of all time that I had missed: 2002's "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and 2005's "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith". [Each film made over $300M domestically.]
I really like the Star Wars series, but as you can tell by my procrastination, I'm not as madly in LOVE with it like some. I'll keep the movie review to myself [although Episode III was MUCH better]. Instead, let me share an emotional and spiritual response I had to these films.
If you're like me, you find yourself relating to certain characters in movies. More often than not, we see ourselves in the life of the hero. However, in these two most recent Star Wars films, I could see glimpses of myself in Anakin Skywalker. On the one hand, he's the ultimate good guy... a Jedi knight... a prodigy... or as Obi-Wan called him "the chosen one". Yet, he's also a tragically flawed character whose lust for power ultimately causes him to become one of movie history's greatest villains. And I see myself in him?
Here I am, soul searching during a sci-fi action movie. I needed to confront how I often times want to improve my life for the wrong reasons. I want to serve God, but many times I hold on to my own agenda. I want to accomplish great things - but how much of that is for myself? Does my heart brag like Anakin: "My powers have doubled since I met you." Let's not forget Count Dooku's response: "Good. Twice the pride, double the fall."
This weekend, I'm playing a new song by Jars of Clay that openly admits that WE are the problem - WE are what's wrong with the world. We can't only see ourselves as heroes. Many times we're the ones that need to be rescued.
Don't you love how music, movies, and other art can cut into our hearts - even helping us deal with the darkness inside ourselves? Let me know how God has creatively spoken to you though the arts.