Many of you might be wondering whether to watch The Last Jedi as a Christian. Some people will be inclined to say “It’s just a movie” but to those people, I say “look how Harry Potter destroyed a generation”. It’s never just a movie. In this post I will outline some of the most important things to know about the film so that you, and your children, and your children’s children will be safe from wolves in entertainment’s clothing.
Please note there will definitely be spoilers, but if you are wise you will keep reading and be warned lest Hollywood spoil your eternal soul.
Is there sex?
This is the first and most important question for any Christian to ask about a film or any piece of media. The answer is no. However, there are two male nipples (both belonging to the same male), the milking of an alien creature (also possessing nipples), and an unmarried man and woman touching hands. Any of these could cause a Christian to fall into sin. Be careful.
Is there violence?
Yes. Plenty. There is much to celebrate about this film. A bad guy gets cut in two, there’s plenty of self-sacrifice, and Luke Skywalker almost slaughters a wayward teenager. In terms of Christian values regarding violence, this film is safe and wholesome.
Is there swearing?
I am pleased to say that there is no swearing in English. It is unclear if some of the droids are cursing in droid languages. Beware.
Is Luke Jesus? (Spoilers below)
Luke Skywalker does have a beard and wear a cloak. I applaud these artistic choices from the producers. However Luke is quite grumpy and we know that Jesus was not grumpy. Angry often, but never grumpy. Luke does save the rebellion through a form of giving his life. However, he does this through “force projection”, appearing to battle the forces of evil on one planet while remaining safely on another. To say that Luke is Jesus, or even merely like Jesus may lead people into the heresy of Docetism where Jesus appeared to have a body but he did not. We know Jesus did have a body here on earth and battled Satan in bodily form. Beware the heresies of Hollywood.
Is Rey Jesus?
No, she’s a woman.
Does the film contain the Bible?
I am pleased to say that, yes this is the first Star Wars film to contain a Bible quote. Snoke calls Kylo Ren “my good and faithful apprentice”, a direct reference to a God-like master saying to their servant “well done my good and faithful servant” in Matthew 25:21. So I am pleased with the Bible being quoted but marks are deducted for it coming from a bad guy and not from an explicit Christ character.
Is the Force evil?
The force is not Christian. I repeat THE FORCE IS NOT CHRISTIAN. If anything it is Buddhism. If you let your children see this film (and I recommend you do not because of the out-of-wedlock touching) make sure you talk to them about how the force is a pagan religion and there is no such thing as a light and dark balance. There can only be light or dark, there is no in between. It is unsafe even to entertain any other thoughts. Be very careful.
Do you recommend this film?
On balance, while there is a Bible quote and some violent wrath, I cannot recommend this film. It is too unsafe for you, your children, or your children’s children to the third and fourth generation. If you are looking for wholesome entertainment these holidays I suggest making some popcorn and getting the family together to watch Bibleman or The Passion of the Christ.