‘May the farce be with you’ – Star Wars meets Christianity
In an attempt to put more bottoms on pews, a Berlin church invited Star Wars fans to attend a special Sunday service themed on the sci-fi blockbuster.
According to this report, the silly caper worked. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the Zion Church service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to the church on a Sunday.
Said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig, 30, said after the service:
We were very happy to see so many people in the church today. It’s great that there are subjects that people are interested in. They trust us to make them part of the church service without making it too Christian or too Star Wars, but to find a good compromise.
With the film’s theme song – played on the church’s organ – still echoing around the rafters, Ludewig said he came up with the idea of the Star Wars service while talking with fellow pastor Ulrike Garve, 29, about how much they were looking forward to the seventh instalment in the franchise Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened last Friday.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Star Wars’ picks up religious images, including Christian images and maybe some from other religions. In doing so, it shows that the Bible and the church are part of our culture that keeps being reworked and reinterpreted.
Churchgoer Jonathan Wonneberger, dressed as a Jawa trader, described the service as a welcome change from tradition.
You don’t have to take everything that’s religious too seriously. Of course you have to treat it with respect, but when there’s a global event like Star Wars, it’s ok to jump on the bandwagon.
Hat tip: Stephen Mynett and BarrieJohn