Are Christians more Jedi or more Sith?

Like I said, I want to do something potentially less controversial.

Jedi and Sith, the most constant faction rift in the Star Wars canon. With a new season of Star Wars: Rebels having started, I stopped and thought, probably as many Christian nerds have, does my worldview make me more of a Jedi or more of a Sith?



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The Jedi. Proof that a good heroes do not always equal a good movie. (The Phantom Menace.)


The Jedi code, though not outlined in the movies and shows, is one based around peace and tranquility. Even what is in the movies and shows tells us that the Jedi are peacemakers and diplomats, not warriors. They abolish things like anger, fear, and hatred, as those are of the Dark Side. Instead, they strive for emotional neutrality.

There are points of the Jedi code, then, that do correlate with the codes of Christianity. I could rattle off a dozen or so verses that call us away from the things attributed to the Dark Side. (Like 1 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9, and Psalm 27:1, and these are just related to fear.)

The drawback, obviously, is the emotional neutrality, but I’ll touch on that in a minute.



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The Sith. Normally, there are fewer, but this image was too cool to not use.


The Sith code, unlike the Jedi’s, is built around having and living with negative emotions like anger and hatred. Their creed is also one of using the Force for personal gain to demonstrate that they have power over mere mortals. In fact, their codes of power are essential, because there can only be two Sith at any given time: the master and the apprentice. The rite of passage for a Sith is to kill his master or his master’s master.

But this is where it gets extra complicated. Because of the end results of some emotions, love and attachment is also a bad thing to a Jedi, because one then fears to lose that person or thing. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.

(Unrelated side note: I may have memorized all of the spoken dialogue in The Phantom Menace by watching it too many times as a child. I haven’t tested it, but I think I could recite the whole movie’s dialogue front-to-back.)

There is some validity of the idea of love leading to hate. Perfect love cannot exist without hate, because if you love something, then one would logically hate that which harms one’s beloved.



In summary, on the one side we have emotionally-dead monks, and on the other side we have power-hungry rage machines who can love people.

So…which are we then?

Technically, we’re neither. The Jedi are not allowed to love, and love is a core factor in our Christian faith. And while the Sith are allowed to emote, they are also free to murder everyone in sight if they so choose, breaking not only the Ten Commandments, but also the laws put in place by local government.

Because of this, I conclude that Christians, if we were all Force-users, would either need to be emotionally active Jedi or really, really nice Sith. Personally, I am the latter.


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