Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side, Christians

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

May the 4th be with you, fellow Star Wars nerds! The older I get, the more I appreciate the story of Star Wars... and the more I appreciate the wisdom found in these films.

Star Wars is a story of redemption. Anakin Skywalker—a relatively unknown boy who lived on a lowly desert planet—was an unlikely candidate to bring balance to the entire galaxy. But in the end, he did, but not before rising to power and caving under the weight of his own fear.

If only he'd listened to Yoda, who offered one of the most memorable pieces of wisdom in the entire Star Wars saga.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

Yoda, a mentor to many powerful Jedi knights, spent much of his time training young leaders. And while he spent some time on their physical attributes (running fast and jumping high was important!) Yoda was far more concerned with the minds and hearts of his students.

I think that's important, and shows that Yoda has a better understanding of what makes a good leader than most of us!

Throughout the Star Wars chronology we see how fear undermines the actions of our heroes. Anakin walks down a path he knows is wrong, first avenging his mother's death by murdering a group of alien raiders (including women and children). And then when he thinks the mother of his children has died, he jumps head first into the pool of the dark side, joining the Emperor in his quest to conquer the galaxy.

And it all started when Anakin let fear overcome him. The future Darth Vader is crippled by his fear of failure, and a fear of losing the people he loves.

The Apostle Paul would agree wholeheartedly with Yoda. Paul's letter to Timothy tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Anyone who follows Christ must learn to master their fear. That's not to say it'll be easy. It'll be hard... something very hard. But it's possible.

Today, remember the words of Yoda (and Paul!) as you go about your day...

Fear is the path to the dark side.