35 years ago today, a film opened that I was not allowed to see because voices in Christian media were saying that it contained New Age ideas that would influence me to become a Hindu or a Buddhist.
Today, it remains in my top 10 favorite movies of all time.
I talk about it regularly when I give lectures about storytelling and the narratives that have inspired me into deeper Christian faith. It increased my distrust in flares of anger and urges to retaliate with violence.
Fears of what we do not understand so often prevent us from seeing what *else* Christ is busy doing in foreign territory.
Fear also disinclines us to love our neighbors, who often have very different beliefs.
So, all of that to say, “Happy Anniversary!” to The Empire Strikes Back!