We’ve been watching all the Star Wars movies in preparation for The Force Awakens. Last night we watched The Empire Strikes Back and there’s one sequence in there that I want to talk about. It’s the one where they are hiding in a cave on an asteroid that turns out to be the stomach of a space monster.
If this was The Martian I would know that everything that happens could actually happen, that everything fits with current scientific understanding and current technology. (I came out of The Martian having to remind myself that it wasn’t a true story.) Big helmets, space suits, floating around in zero gravity.
If this was Star Trek we would be convinced that the science is accurate and that although we can’t do it now there will come a day that we could do everything just the way the story shows us. Small helmets, suits like tight Levis, artificial gravity.
But this is not The Martian. And It’s not Star Trek. This is Star Wars and Star Wars does not want us thinking about science and technology. Donning space suits and floating around in zero gravity would slow the pace. Star Wars wants us thinking about the story. Because Star Wars is all about the story.
Now let’s talk about the Bible, specifically the Genesis account of creation. We want to talk about what happened and Who did it. The world wants to get us bogged down in talking not about the what and the Who but about the how. Not the story but the technology. The science and the technology is not the story.
But that’s not where The Story begins, is it? I know it’s right there at the front of the book but that’s not really the beginning of The Story. Genesis is the prequel. The Story begins at another time and another place. It begins in tiny Bethlehem.
This time of year we get caught up in a lot of things. We talk about red cups, about a nativity scene at the court house, about she said ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’. We shop and we visit and we eat. We go to Christmas pageants. We sing Christmas carols. We wrap and we decorate. And in all of it The Story gets overshadowed, overlooked.
In all of it, it’s not about the visiting and decorating and singing. It’s not about the culture war. In all of it the one thing that really matters is The Story. We celebrate Christmas because of The Story. Linus had it right. This is how it began.