Applauding Luke Skywalker and Approving of Evil

Related imageI freely admit to being a Star Wars baby, having been born three years prior to the first film’s release in 1977. I came of age in the rush of marketing and toys, which infatuated a nation of boys and made George Lucas billions. In 1981 my family purchased HBO and one of the first major films to play on it was “Star Wars: A New Hope”. Not long after its showing, “The Empire Strikes Back” played almost endlessly on the movie channel and my brother and I viewed it as often as we could. By the time I saw my first “Star Wars” film in a theater, “The Return of the Jedi”, I was the proud owner of many “Star Wars” toys including, a millennium falcon,  x-wing fighter, original Death Star play set, snow speeder, sand speeder, and over 50 action figures.

To say “Star Wars” was a large part of my childhood would be an understatement. The movies drew me like none other as I got lost in the fantasy of being a Jedi and using the force to conquer my troubles. Even as I was hired at General Motors and was working in the grown up world after college, I would read novel after novel with the intent of following the adventures of Luke Skywalker.

After about 8 months at G.M. I began to read the word of God. My desire for truth was (still is) insatiable. I soon lost interest in just about everything else. Upon receiving Christ by faith, I began to see the world and its pleasures and entertainments in a much different light. One of those pleasures and entertainments was Star Wars. This was not because my Church was speaking against it but because of the thread of false eastern religion running through the entire use of the force. This revelation came through the Holy Spirit. Knowing the “force” is futuristic language for the demonic thread that runs through the eastern use of martial arts, I could no longer ignore how palatable “Star Wars” made it all seem. I was troubled.

Although being troubled in my spirit has guided most of my personal and parental choices, I admit, I have at times been hypocritical, falling to the cultural pull and that of my own flesh. Although we kept our viewing of Star Wars to a minimum, I realize now I was revisiting my nostalgic past and ultimately sowing to my flesh. Some may want to conjecture on this point, but twisting watching movies into an activity that sows to the Spirit is a hard case at best (Galatians 6:7-8).

I realize that in the realm of what is offered from Hollywood, the “Star Wars” movies are relatively better than most, with little in the way of troubling language, sex, or bloody violence.  Yet despite the relative clean of the Star Wars franchise, there are huge draw backs; such as the use of the force and its humanistic religious and political themes. To be fair I don’t pick on Star Wars, in isolation, as I am also bothered by American Christians excusing the sorcery and violence of Lord of the Rings or the occult and humanism (trans-humanism) of the superhero genre. 

Although the reasons stated above were the basis of my desire to abstain, recently the Lord reminded me of something we tend to forget: To not stand against evil is to approve of it. I believe this also extends to paying actors, sports stars, and musicians who promote and propagate evil through the purchase of their tickets and merchandise. This brings me to Mark Hamill, the actor who plays Luke Skywalker.

In an article in the Christian post entitled “Sarah Silverman, Feminists Mock Pro-Life Laws, Joke About Abortion“, which covered a pro-abortion event given by the “Lady Parts Justice League”, celebrities give their vile opinions on the pro-life movement and the life of a child still in the womb.

The program included someone dressed as a vulva, abortion charades, an interview with abortionist Willie Parker and speeches.

Volunteers were asked to act out two laws, “You cannot use aborted fetuses as ingredients in the manufacture of food products,” and “Clinics are mandated by law to cremate or bury every aborted fetus.”

After the first “sh**** law” charade was acted out, Silverman said, “It’s this bananas law that makes you think that eating fetuses is a thing and it’s not; and if anything has ever made me want to eat an aborted fetus, it’s this law.”

In 2012, Sen. Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma had introduced a bill banning the use of aborted fetuses in food after coming across suggestions that some companies may be using embryonic stem cells to develop artificial flavors. Shortey said he was not aware of any company in his state that was doing so but wanted to prevent it.

The article then turns to Hamill’s participation in the event…

After the second charade on a law that requires the burial of aborted fetuses, Silverman said to laughter, “Funerals for f***ing aborted fetuses? I would like to speak at those funerals. He lived the way he died. He died the way he lived. The size of a sesame seed with no discerning brain function.”

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was also part of the event, and created two art pieces to be auctioned off. He told the crowd, “Disney gave us a Last Jedi poster, and when we figure out who wins, I’ll personalize it. I’ll write something obscene and dirty if you want.”

Winstead then joked, “Mark Hamill is actually going to become an abortion provider. He’ll give you an abortion with a Jedi wand. It’s going to be awesome.”

This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Mark Hamill and abortion. The child you see on the right is Autumn Chen; she is Mark Hamill’s granddaughter. Yet he, his wife and son have nothing to do with her. When Autumn’s mother became pregnant, her boyfriend, Nathan Hamill, pressured her to have an abortion. She attempted to have this done through pills, which did not work. After a few months, then Mark Hamill and his wife, sought to pressure her into another attempt. By the grace of God, Meagan refused to have another procedure. Autumn was born October 31, 2016 and Nathan Hamill, as wells as his family have nothing to do with her. In fact, as of March last year, not one dollar had been provided by the father or grand parents for the support of the child.

(***please not the above bold text is a correction, as I was contacted by Meagan Chen, Autumn’s mother. I had previously written she had took pills and was pressured in to a second. My sincere apologies for the wrong information. Thank You Meagan.)

My point is not a hit piece against many people’s favorite Jedi, but to reveal why I am glad I did not spend more money, selfishly, to please my flesh. I certainly do not want to support anything that allows Mark Hamill to continue his war against the children in the womb. Some may feel I am going too far, but am I really? The broader question is why are we Christians trying so hard to justify how we entertain ourselves? How many useless articles and books have been written on finding the gospel in… take your pick… Superman, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, or Harry Potter? None of the articles supporting indulgence in these worldly enterprises have a shred of solid Biblical merit.

The greater question is: Should disciples of Christ be using actors, musicians, artists or athletes for the purpose of wasting time in entertaining ourselves? I realize I am setting myself up to be assaulted by the brethren, but the scriptures make no provision for children of God to waste time or resources on selfish pursuits. Consider Ephesians 5:15-17.

(Ephesians 5:15-17) See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

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In citing the above passage, some want to cry “legalism”, but the argument of whether it is legalistic to use no form of worldly entertainment or liberal to occasionally use some form of worldly entertainment, is not the most pressing matter. The most pressing matters are [1] Are we redeeming our time or wasting it? and [2] Are we approving the performers sinful personal behavior by watching it, by paying for it, or by being entertained by it? [3] Are we exposing the evil deeds of the world or approving of them?

(Ephesians 5:8-11) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

We must ask whether what I am partaking in has any real value towards me living my new life in Christ, or is it inherently worldly and therefore part of the darkness of my past, or the past of others? We must also consider if our partaking approves of a behavior I should be rebuking. The Book of Romans expands on this truth by communicating a character trait of the lost, that can be true of the redeemed, if we are not careful.

(Romans 1:32) who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

In the Greek language the phrase “approve of” means to applaud. Is it possible that by applauding the performance of an actor or athlete and further filling his pockets, we are approving of his evil actions? It’s more than possible! It is a reality, which many of our brethren will deny, without any biblical merit other than an out of context reference of  “all things are lawful”. It is true indeed that “all things are lawful”, but so is the other part as well “but not all things are expedient” (I Corinthians 6:12, 10:23). It is also true that our liberty in Christ is not to be a stumbling block to others. Therefore it is not only possible we are approving of evil, but causing our brothers to stumble, by offending their conscience.


So how can believers reprove the evil of the militant support of child murder in the womb, perpetrated by Mark Hamill? Stop paying to to be entertained and spend the two and a half hours on your our knees in prayer for the salvation of Mark Hamill and his family. Begin a discussion on the sanctity of life with those who are fan boys and girls, helping them understand God’s love for all humans at every stage of life. Let them know God’s wrath is against all unrighteousness, including abortion. Use this discussion as a means to discuss God’s desire to bring even the militant pro-choicer to repentance and reconciliation, through atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We followers of Jesus, including all ministry men and woman, are called to “put away childish things”. Now is the time.

Consider my 17 year old son Mike. He used to enjoy watching Cleveland Cavalier basketball with his family. Recently when the team had a national T.V. game, my son was was sitting with his head down most of the time. I asked him why. He told me it was because of a player he really liked whom is living with a reality T.V.  star he got pregnant. His word’s were not words of judgment, but of grief, grief for sin which is approved of everywhere in our society.

He no longer wants to cheer this player, or the team on; for in his right thinking, applause for a worthless game would be approving sinful behavior. My son is right, the Cavaliers do not need his or my fandom, they need my pleas to God for their souls. Some would conjecture, that the suggestion made in this article would mean, little if anything we entertain ourselves with is appropriate for us to invest time in. They would be right!

We were not called to recreate or be entertained…

But to manifest the truth of Jesus Christ, as we inject His word and our lives for Christ, by  the power of the Holy Spirit, into every man’s conscience, in God’s sight (II Corinthians 4:2).

We are also commanded to shine!

(2 Corinthians 4:6) 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

*Below is full article concerning the pro-choice event Mark Hamill supported and was featured at

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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6 Responses to Applauding Luke Skywalker and Approving of Evil

  1. Rick Humby says:

    Thank you my friend for speaking truth and being a light in this dark world. God Bless !

  2. Andrew Mazza says:

    Nice article my friend, you said things I never knew I will pass this on maybe someone will see the truth

    • Thank you for the comment Andrew. As you have learned, know that I am learning as well. It is not always easy to to come face to face with the outcome of our choices, nor the reason for which we choose various things.

      It is so good to hear from you. When you pass by Dunk’in Donuts have a coffee for me, and I will do the same here in New York.

  3. Andrea says:

    Hi Michael, I follow your blog through WordPress reader – you always have good material. I’m starting a link up next Friday with a focus on faith and family, I want it to serve as a way to share what we write and encourage each other in our journey to God. I would really like it if you shared one or even some of your posts there. If you subscribe o the blog you’ll get a reminder email when it goes live, but either way it will be starting at 12.00om Friday (Paris time). It would be great to hear from you.

  4. Maegan Chen says:

    I didn’t have 2 abortions that Autumn survived. I only took the pills when I was 7 weeks pregnant. I never had another abortion. They wanted me too but I didn’t.