Most everyone knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’m more of an original trilogy fan and not so much of the prequels. However, there are some good things in the prequels. Yes, there are even some good things in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Some of those things include the pod racing scene, the lightsaber duels between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan & Darth Maul and there are some quotable quotes.
One scene that sticks out in my mind from that film is where young Anakin is brought before the Jedi Council by Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. The council senses that Anakin is afraid of losing his mother (and he admits that he misses her). Anakin asked what the big deal was about that. Yoda then tells Anakin that fear is the beginning down a dark path. The path to the dark side. Yoda then says the following:
“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
This is true for us. We tend to fear what we don’t know. If that fear persists, then anger can develop. If anger develops and grows, it leads to hate. Hate that persists leads to suffering. Maybe it’s not fear that leads to anger but something else. Regardless if anger persists to hate, hate will inevitably lead to suffering.
The suffering is not only those around you but the suffering is inside you as well. As we learn in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin becomes Darth Vader and from that lots of people suffered but he suffered greatly as well.
It is a lesson from Yoda we should learn. Our sinful nature can easily lead us down the wrong path and cause pain and suffering. But the great thing is that in knowing and following Jesus, we don’t have to fear. We don’t have to go down the wrong path because when we follow Jesus, we’re going in the right direction.