Monday, December 10, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 10th December 2012.

What Hollywood Believes – George Lucas

In discussing the religious overtones of Star Wars, George Lucas explained, “I put the Force into the movie in order to try to awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people—more a belief in God than a belief in any particular religious system. I wanted to make it so that young people would begin to ask questions about the mystery. Not having enough interest in the mysteries of life to ask the question, ‘Is there a God or is there not a God?’ —that is for me the worst thing that can happen. I think you should have an opinion about that. Or you should be saying, ‘I’m looking. I’m very curious about this, and I am going to continue to look until I can find an answer, and if I can’t find an answer, then I’ll die trying.’ I think it’s important to have a belief system and to have faith.”

When his interviewer asked, “Do you have an opinion, or are you looking?” Lucas replied, “I think there is a God. No question. What that God is or what we know about that God, I’m not sure.”

George Lucas said that he had “more a belief in God than a belief in any particular religious system.” This is a phrase that you will see is often repeated in this book by celebrities. They have the good sense to separate “God” from the cold religious system that so often portrays itself as the divine representative.

The importance of kindness

“When I was a teenage new Christian, I had been witnessing to some rather rough kids at school and invited them to come to my church's Easter pageant where they would see a dramatization of the crucifixion and resurrection. I saved seats for them right up front... but they never came. The next day at school I asked them why. They had been met at the door of the church by a woman who told them, "We don't want your kind here." So they turned around and left. I've never forgotten it. Being unfriendly can lead to someone's heart being further hardened against Christ.” – Anna Jackson