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From the Spring 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

The Heroics of Weakness

by Aaron Welty
Co-host of the Two Geek Soup Podcast

 
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  When I worked on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress, a colleague expressed that “I didn’t make sense.” In short, because I have a disability, worked for a representative, and expressed a familiarity with and fondness for fandoms in pop-culture frequently referenced on The Big Bang Theory (such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics), there wasn’t a mental box to put me in. I defied explanation. In that moment, I had to explain that I wasn’t interested in fitting into a certain mold or wasting time and energy conforming to what others thought I should be. Conversely, that incident forced me to articulate who I knew myself to be (or not to be).
  Growing up, I gravitated toward unexpected heroes. My first hero was Luke Skywalker, a farm boy living on a backwater desert planet. I developed a lifelong love for Star Wars that led me to Yoda, or, as I call him, the “Foolish Muppet.” In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker travels to another planet, Dagobah, to learn from Yoda, the great Jedi Master who instructed Luke’s late teacher, Obi-Wan Kenobi. On Dagobah, Luke comes across a small goblin-like creature who hobbles around with a cane and has syntax issues; Luke thinks him foolish. The creature claims to know Yoda and where he lives, so Luke follows. Soon Luke experiences a revelation — aided by Obi-Wan — that becomes stunned fascination: this aged creature, shrouded in weakness, is Yoda.
  In the original Star Wars trilogy, most of Luke Skywalker’s moments of revelation happen because of Obi-Wan, who, though physically deceased, still able to advise Luke. Learning about his father and destroying the Death Star in A New Hope, revealing the goblin’s identity as Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, learning he has a sister in Return of the Jedi – all of these moments are facilitated by Obi-Wan, and they aid in Luke’s transformation from farm boy to Jedi Knight, from nobody to galactic hero.
  Transformation doesn’t happen without revelation, and revelation can’t happen without foolishness. In Star Wars, Obi-Wan functions as a counselor for Luke. I’d argue that, in our lives, the Holy Spirit works in a similar manner. In fact, counselor is what Jesus calls the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John. It’s the Spirit, often in tandem with God’s Word, who aids in revelation – leading to transformation. To embrace this means that you’ve got to embrace who Jesus says He is and His finished work on the cross. (Paul even wrote that this is foolishness to those who don’t believe it.)

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