Trinity Lutheran Church

Pastor’s Monthly Letter

“That’s not the way the world works.” A Response:

             Sometimes after I write a sermon, I sit back, and think to myself, “Well that’s good in practice, but that’s just not the way the world works.” I struggle with Jesus commandments at times. This is not because they are hard but because I question what real difference they will make in our world. I stop believing in that moment, I am no longer concerned with faith but with practicality. And that is the problem.

             The other night, after everyone went to bed, I turned on the TV to find my third favorite Star Wars movie on; Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. In the final scene, Luke Skywalker the hero, faces off against his father, the fallen Jedi, Anakin Skywalker who became the infamous Darth Vader. Luke knows that to save the galaxy he must stop the Emperor and his father. Conventional, earthly wisdom tells us that the only thing Luke could do would be to kill them. But after Luke disarms his father, he does something unconventional. He drops his weapon.

             For me this is reminiscent of Our Lord’s arrest in Gethsemane found in Matthew chapter 26. After Peter pulls out his sword and chops the ear off the servant Jesus says, “Put

your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?”

             Luke’s faith in his father’s salvation prevents him from cutting him down and it appears as though Luke will be defeated as the Emperor electrocutes him. But Luke’s faith pays off. Darth Vader having been the recipient of Luke’s mercy and faith cannot stand idle by as his son is tortured to death. Vader destroys his master and saves his son. Luke’s faith saved not only his father but the entire galaxy.

             Star Wars is fiction, yes. Jesus was not. God has a different way of going about things. Perhaps it is time we realize that the creator of the world knows better. That following Christ in faith, means rejecting the way the world works. My response to the comment, “that’s not the way the world works!” Well that’s the way God works.



 Pastor Brad