Feb 5, 2010

The Gospel is like Star Wars.

Jedi Master Yoda teaches young Anakin (in The Phantom Menace), "fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering;" likewise, St. Paul teaches young Timothy (in The New Testament), "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

The Council of the Twelve's job was to provide ecclesiastical leadership and insight, to maintain communication with the Divine in the world, to try to promote piety, and to train young Christian leaders and congregations to lead Christlike lives; likewise, the Jedi Council's job was to provide theological wisdom and insight, to maintain balance in the Force in the galaxy, to try to promote peace, and to train young padawan learners to lead Knightly lives.

When Jesus of Nazareth was crucified (due to the betrayal of Judas Iscariot), the world fell under apostasy and the Council of Twelve were persecuted and killed - with the exception of John the Beloved, who went into exile on the Isle of Patmos; likewise, when Anakin Skywalker fell and became Darth Vader (due to the betrayal of Chancellor Palpatine), the galaxy fell under Imperial rule and the Jedi Council were hunted down and killed - with the exception of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who went into exile on Degobah and Tatooine, respectively.

When Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees to pray in the spring of 1820, he (after being delivered from an evil interference) was the first in centuries to see the face of the Lord in vision, and then the fullness of the Gospel was restored to the earth; likewise, when Luke Skywalker went into the Death Star to duel Vader in Return of the Jedi, he (after being delivered from the Emperor's dark force lightning) was the first in decades to see the face of his father, and then balance in the Force was restored to the galaxy.

May the Force be with you. Amen.