One of the best things about seeing the new Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith is that you get to see the trailer for the new Narnia movie, The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe . The classic children’s books by C.S. Lewis are in production to come to the big screen.
I’ve got to admit I’m a big fan of the Narnia books and have read them often. The insights Lewis breathes into God’s nature and his work of redemption is timeless and magnificent. But I was not prepared for the moment in the preview when the Lion ascends the mountaintop roars over his kingdom. I got goose bumps. This depiction of the Lion of Judah, Redeemer of all those marred by sin, caused my heart to leap. I even get goose bumps just writing about it. It literally took my breath away, and there was never a moment in the Star Wars movie that followed that rose to the beauty of that one moment.
That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy Star Wars. Watching how easily someone can be seduced into darkness by his desire to use power, even for what he might consider good ends, is a timely reminder and a compelling story. Evil doesn’t always lie in the things we want, but in what we’re willing to do to achieve them and who we’re willing to believe in the process. I found the seduction of Anakin Skywalker to be a strong parable about the corrupting nature of power and even our own giftedness.
There was a bit of editorializing of course. At one moment a Jedi comments that the power of the dark side lie in its commitment to absolutes. A bit of a jab at the evangelicals, I should think! And yet, in the story it was the Jedi that were committed to absolutes while those of evil gave in to personal expedience. Interesting… But I think it should give us pause at how our political aspirations are viewed in the world. The attempt to force our absolutes on a culture unwilling to embrace them causes us greater rejection of us and our absolutes than it endears them to listen to us. I’ve always thought that the power of persuasion and example in the reality of truth is far more powerful to God’s ends, than compelling people through force, be it political or military. At least that’s the way I saw Jesus live it.
Now I’ve got to wait until December 9 to see the Lion work his majesty!