By Nicholas Downing, Author and Founder of Flagship Fiction
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicholas-Downing/e/B00AZ0Z9EM
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It’s hard to believe we’re less than a year away from the highly anticipated return of Star Wars to the silver screen! In my humble opinion, the driving force (no pun intended) behind the seemingly timeless cultural relevance of Star Wars is its abundance of genuine, fascinating, and relatable characters. Star Wars offers something for everyone, even those of us who profess our faith in Jesus Christ.
So, in honor of The Force Awakens, let’s have some fun here. Let’s assume for a moment that each classic Star Wars character resembles a personality type that followers of Jesus can relate to. Which Star Wars icon most resembles the kind of person you are in Christ? Let’s find out!
Reformed Scoundrel. You’ve changed your deviant ways but your checkered past always seems to catch up to you. Your friends have plenty of reasons not to trust you but in the end, you always seek the path of redemption. You don’t really deserve another chance but when one comes along, you seize the opportunity to make things right.
Protocol Droid. You may excel in human-cyborg relations and you may indeed be fluent in over six million forms of communication. But you really, really stink when it comes to interpersonal relations. For starters, you have an annoying tendency to point out the painfully obvious at the worst possible moment. You’re also known for giving people the bad news (or at the very least the dismal statistical probability of success) they really don’t want to hear. And let’s face it… you’re a coward and a major worry wart. Unfortunately, many of your friends would rather tune you out (or just completely power down your systems) rather than tune in to what you have to say.
Reliable Mr. Fix-It. No matter the problem, you are normally a big part of the solution. You’re great with computers and electronics and getting your friends out of sticky situations. Unfortunately, your techno babble sometimes gets lost in translation and you have to hoot and holler quite a bit just to get people to pay attention to your warnings. Now if only you could get everyone to hear you out before they get into trouble!
The Most Interesting Man in the Universe. You don’t always capture notorious smugglers and freeze them in carbonite but when you do, you prefer no disintegrations. In addition to being the baddest dude around, you’re a snazzy dresser and you drive around town in a sweet ride that bears a name almost as politically incorrect as the Washington Redskins. I mean, you have your very own jetpack for crying out loud! If anyone knows how to play up the mystery man angle, you’ve got the market cornered. But what are you really like underneath all that fancy armor?
Courageous Leader… or Royal Pain? To some, you are an inspirational voice of freedom, defiant and determined, ready to fight for what you believe in and intelligent enough to outplay those determined to defeat you. To others, your self-righteous attitude and over-confident know-it-all approach to life are a real turn off. But is it really just a façade stemming from unresolved daddy issues? What are you really like when you’re not trying so hard to be noble and driven by righteous indignation?
Smug Smuggler. You’re a player, in more ways than one. You live life on the edge, often on the run from everyone, including your own moral compass. But as much as you try to disguise it with false bravado and self-centric mannerisms, the truth is you’re actually a pretty decent guy. And during those moments when you remember that life’s not all about you, you’ve been known to surprise your friends by coming to the rescue, even if it means putting your own health and safety on the line.
Loyal Companion. You’re the ultimate wingman. Whether you’re helping your best friend fix his broken ride or literally carrying one of your other friends on your back, you do what needs to be done to support those you care about. Although you’re often misunderstood, most of your friends consider you an indispensable ally. Either that or they’re just saying so because they don’t want you to get angry and rip their arms off! (Note: It’s for this very reason you have such a difficult time trying to find anyone willing to play a board game with you)
Unlikely Hero. No one expects greatness from someone like you, especially since you’re a bit of a whiner (turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). You are a nobody from nowhere special. An out-of-touch farmboy with his head in the clouds. What good could possibly come from the obscure skills you’ve been blessed with (like knowing how to blast womp rats from a T-16 while flying through Beggar’s Canyon)? A crazy old man tells you you’re special, that you’re destined for greatness. But you don’t feel special. In fact, you’ve been led to believe the exact opposite your entire life by those who raised you. And just when you start to believe you might actually live up to your full potential, a MAJOR skeleton gets drug out of your closet and your friends are made to suffer because of your hereditary gifts. So what’s a guy to do? Fight, or flight?
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
Unrepentant Sinner. Once upon a time, you were a pretty swell guy. But your anger and insecurities got the best of you, and now that you can’t have the only thing you ever really wanted, you are determined to destroy everything in sight. After all, if you can’t be happy, why should anyone else be happy? Just one problem. There’s still someone out there who believes in you. Someone who believes you can find redemption. You deny it of course. You think you’re too far gone to be saved. Woe is me. It’s too late for me to change. I’m a bad, bad guy. But guess what? You’re wrong. No matter how far you’ve fallen from grace, it’s never too late to change course.
Can you think of any other Star Wars characters who might better represent your identity in Christ? If so, join in on the conversation below!