Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS

Star Wars: Episode II
Attack of the Clones

SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS


This page was created on May 14, 2002
This page was last updated on May 19, 2005

SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS
On Self Control and Anger Issues
The downfall issues of Anakin Skywalker

SELF CONTROL

Lord of himself, though not of lands;
And having nothing, yet hath all.
SIR HENRY WOTTON (1568–1639)

Rule lust, temper the tongue, and bridle the belly

Self-control is the ability to keep cool while someone is making it hot for you.

Control yourself! Anger is only one letter short of danger

ANGER

A man who can’t control his temper is like a city without defenses.
JEWISH PROVERB

Anger is a weed; hate is the tree.
SAINT AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (354–430)

Anybody can become angry—that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
ARISTOTLE (384–322 B.C.)

I was angry with my friend.
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe.
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
WILLIAM BLAKE (1757–1827)

BIBLICAL CONNECTIONS
How to Move Away From the Dark Side
Galatians 5:13-23 -Message Translation

Click to enlargeIt is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

Click to enlargeMy counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

Click to enlargeIt is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.

Click to enlargeBut what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.


 

 

 
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