Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Movie Discussion
The Star Wars movies are always filled with great imagery, metaphors, lessons, and parallels to our world, our history and even the Christian life—Rogue One was no exception. Essentially it’s the story of how the resistance got the plans which showed them the weakness in the Death Star (which they used to blow it up in the first Star Wars movie (first in terms of release date, not chronology). It’s a story of the people who sacrificed their lives for a greater good. A story about the tyranny of evil and the people who stood against it. Here is a list of 10 discussion points and lessons we can learn from the movie.
- Trust the force. Ok, not the force, but the Holy Spirit. The “force” in Star Wars is a great analogy for the Holy Spirit. It’s there. Some people are better at listening to it and trusting it than others are. There are perversions, evil people who also are able to tap into the spiritual forces and use them for their power. And, it’s not always at our command, nor does it seem to always be there. There are times when it shows up in magnificent ways, and times when it seems you must go it alone, nevertheless, God is with us and we must always trust His Spirit. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Chirrut Imwe was a blind man who passionately believed in the force and that it would help him. He put things into practice to increase his faith and increase his relationship with the force. He spoke life into that relationship, “The force is with me and I am with the force.” He practiced listening to the force. Our relationship with the Spirit takes faith, cultivation and practice.
- Chirrut practiced listening to the force, even though he frequently got things wrong. “I’m beginning to think the force and I have different priorities.” But that’s the thing—he didn’t control the force. We don’t control God either. He is God. We are His servants, not the other way around. His ways are different (and better) than ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
- “There’s more than one sort of prison, captain. I’m starting to think you carry yours wherever you go.” There is more than one sort of prison. Many “free” men are prisoners of their making—prisoners of their minds, their fears, their addictions, etc. While a man may be imprisoned, but be very much free—free to hope, to dream, to believe, to love, to forgive, to have joy. Paul talks about this, the mystery of learning to be content in all things, in Philippians 4:12.
- It is possible to confuse peace with terror. The reign of the Emperor in the Star Wars movies is very similar to the Nazi regime. They claimed wanting a peaceful land, but they squashed any voices but their own. That’s not peace, it’s terror—it only looks like peace if you comply. True peace loves even its enemies and respects those who are different. Jesus was a man of true peace. He could have squashed His enemies, but instead He healed them, loved them, and even died for them.
- Saw asked someone, “You can stand to see the imperial flag reign across the galaxy?” Their response was, “It’s not a problem if you don’t look up.” There are a lot of people who aren’t bothered by atrocities in the world simply because they choose not to look up and see them. To be clear, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It also doesn’t mean they won’t in time affect you… see the next point. Whether or not you choose to look up and see the problem, it’s still a problem.
- I believe it was the same person who said, “It’s not a problem if you don’t look up” who later had a change of heart and inspired the rebels to fight. Her rousing speech? “What chance do we have? The question is what choice? Run, hide, plead for mercy, scatter your forces? You give way to an enemy this evil with this much power and you condemn the galaxy to an eternity of submission. The time to fight is now!” She saw that an evil like that would only grow. It would never be satisfied short of total domination. Sometimes the question isn’t a matter of what chance you have, but of what choice. Some things are bigger and more important than the odds.
- The great news, however, is that odds aren’t always the only factor. As Christians we have a God who works miracles…we always have hope. One of the rebels told Jyn, “You’re asking us to invade an imperial station with nothing but hope?” She pointed out, “Rebellions are built on hope!” And Saw pointed out, “One soldier with a sharp stick and nothing left to lose can save the day.” The Bible is full of such stories. David and Goliath. Gideon and his army of 300 and some pots. The Battle of Jericho. Not to mention countless people who were healed, despite reasonable odds, and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. We have a God who deals in hope, not odds.
- “You’re not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it.” Some people deal with loss by wallowing in pain. They usually feel like they are the only ones who have truly suffered. Others deal with loss by doing something about it. They are the ones who recognize that others have suffered too. Rather than isolating themselves, they join together with others to make a difference. Loss can isolate you or motivate you.
- Cassian explained that he was willing to give his life for the cause because he had to know that all the terrible things he’d done in the past (many for the cause, a result of war) weren’t for nothing. He had to believe it could all be for a greater purpose. If he’d quit then, to save his life, then all he had done would mean nothing. If, however, he was willing to give his life, then all he had done might make a difference and have meaning. It is truly astounding, at times, how much people will give and suffer if only they know it serves a purpose. The reality is the most people have done things they are ashamed of, and many have had things to do to them they would rather forget. The beauty of Christ is that He can make all things, even terrible things, work together for good (Romans 8:28). Nothing need be for nothing in our lives.