While watching the latest film in the Star Wars series, I was struck by a single line. Like any of the movies, Rogue One uses the imagery of darkness and the force. Without playing the spoil role, one conversation references a path to the dark side. This topic also relates to real life as it only takes one poor decision to begin a slide in the wrong direction.
But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him, John 11:10.
As someone who struggles to sleep at night, there are many evenings where I wonder off in the dark to go down stairs. Despite knowing all the obstacles that I need to dodge, its doesn’t take much to bang into, trip or stumble along the way. Until I get close to a source of light, I’m susceptible to hurting myself.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined, Isaiah 9:2.
Whenever anyone tries to live this life on earth on mere human strength, failure is an obvious destination. Thus, a supernatural force is necessary to escape the temptation of the dark side. This is what makes Christmas so special, as the promise of a Messiah is fulfilled through the birth of Jesus. Therefore, if you want to assure yourself the path to heaven, 1 John 5:13, choose the light, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit to flee the dark side.
by Jay Mankus