So your new friend owns a lightsaber and you just don’t know how to share your faith with him. We’ve all been there. It’s an age old story. You find yourself in the middle of a trade dispute between two planets and are worried that an intergalactic treaty might be breached – setting off a chain of events that could potentially destabilize the very political and social order that keeps the galaxy from devolving into total chaos. Luckily, just when you think all is lost, a Jedi shows up. And with your new laser-sword-wielding-friend comes an opportunity to share the Gospel.
But how do you share? It’s intimidating talking to someone about your faith in Christ. What if he thinks you are a fool?
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” — 1 Corinthians 1:18
Sometimes the truth is awkward. What if they are offended by the fact that you think that the entire plot vehicle of midichlorians creates massive story continuity problems for the original three films? If it’s just crazy space science, then how can ‘the force be with you?’ And then, why didn’t Han believe in any of it? Was he just a ‘space science denier?’ It’s a real conundrum.
But assuming they don’t just Jedi mind trick you into agreeing with them, take heart, sharing your faith with a Jedi is no different than sharing with anyone else. You don’t need to know how to explain the mystery of the trinity. You don’t have to explain how Jesus could be fully man and fully God at the same time. You just need to know your own story.
“…While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8
You have been saved by grace through faith in Christ. The willing sacrifice Jesus made on the cross paid the debt for your sin. It not only erased your sin, it tore down the barrier that kept you eternally separated from the all powerful God that loves you totally and completely.
Now, sometimes a little contextualization goes a long way. Is your Jedi buddy from a shame-honor culture, a power-fear culture, or a guilt-innocence culture? Is the Jedi concept of discipline and self control a good jumping off point to discuss the fruits of the spirit? Has this entire analogy already been stretched paper thin? It’s hard to say. But the answer is: probably.
No matter where you find yourself, or who you find yourself with, it’s hard to talk about faith. Relax, take a deep breath, and just explain the truth in Christ as you know it to be. Tell the truth as you have experienced it in your own life. The fourth might only be with you in May. Christs love is for an eternity.