20200517 Star Wars Part 1: The Force is with You

The Force is Always With You. 

How the Force in Star Wars provides another understanding of the one Power that is known as God.

When my son David was in his teens we went camping.  Out of the blue, sitting around the campfire, he said "Mom, do you believe in the Force"?  It was an “aha!” moment for me. I was seeking a deeper understanding of my own beliefs and nothing had gelled for me yet.  Until those words. The Force was a God concept I could understand. It was also a way to have a meaningful, nonjudgmental discussion with my son about the nature of the universe.  Awesome! 

Idea #1: The Force is always with you. There is no spot that God is not.

The first of Unity’s Five Principles states that there is only one Power. The Power exists as all things, both visible and invisible, and is understood by many names. For some of us, this Power is easiest understood as an all-knowing and all-powerful Being which is called God; this Being exists in the heavens and created and continues to create the heavens and the earth. For many, this image of God provides a helpful focus for our understanding and appreciation of the way of things. 

For others, this Power is not anthropomorphic; that is, not a “Being” at all. Instead, the Power just “is”, like gravity just “is”. For these people, the Power may be best understood as nature, or energy or the Universe, or Love. Or, the Force.

What most of us can agree on is that the result of the Power at work is creative, formative, intelligent and powerful.  It just “is”, like gravity: gravity doesn’t care whether it’s a feather or an apple - it applies everywhere. So does God, so does energy, so does the Force. In the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5:45, Jesus observes that God “makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous”. To me, this is a reminder that there is no favouritism in God: God applies equally, everywhere, all the time.  It also underscores the omnipresence of God, the idea that “there is no spot that God is not”.  This message is echoed in Acts 17:28 “For in him we live and move and have our being.” 

How does this understanding of God relate to the Force in Star Wars?

Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi describes the Force this way: “It is the energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us. It binds the universe together.  The Force is this and more. It cannot be fully described with words.” (Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope)

Consider these words by musician Daniel Nahmod in his song “One Power” 

Call it God, call it Spirit. Call it Jesus, call it Lord

Call it Buddha, Ba’ha’ulla. Hashem or Heaven’s Door

It’s Muhammad, it’s your mind, It’s your soul, it’s your sign

It’s the universe, it’s music Mother Earth or Father Time

But whatever name you give it

It’s all One Power, can’t you see

Whatever name you give it 

It’s the very air we breathe

It’s the power of the love in you and me.

 

Whether the God of your understanding is a Being or is Principle, the idea to grasp is that there is only one Power. There is no spot that God is not. In him we live and move and have our being. The Force is always with us. Same thing, different terminology.

 

May God be with you. May the Force be with you.