After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.

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One of the things I love about Star Wars is how throwaway details have their own backstory. Like today’s mini build. It’s more than just a gun turret. It is the XX-9 Heavy Turbolaser, found on the Death Star, and you can ready all about it here. This weapon was effective against big ships, but it had a weakness that could be exploited.

The Rebel Alliance had no way of winning with might against the Death Star. They had to turn the tables on the Empire and leverage their advantages. The Death Star’s weaponry was rendered moot against small and fast ships, like X-Wings and Y-Wings. This is what the Rebel Alliance used during the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars. The Empire made this hulking monstrosity, the Death Star, loaded with weaponry, like the XX-9 Heavy Turbolaser, meant to take out planets and command ships. Yet what did it in? A simple X-Wing attacking its achilles heel.

When Jesus came to Earth, he came to subvert the powerful of His day. Many of His followers wanted him to attack the Roman Empire through force, through political means, through a full-on attack of some sort. That’s not what Jesus had in mind, though, to the dismay of many. He was not going to fight a foolhardy battle, but what he did seemed foolhardy. Love your enemy? Caring for the least of these? Yes indeed.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was struck with a plague that killed thousands of its people. There was such fear amongst the Empire toward the plague that people would cast out the sick into the streets. Who cared for the sick? It was the Christians, who were persecuted at the time by the Empire. Risking their own life, the loving example of Christians throughout the plague won many hearts and minds of the Roman Empire. They loved their neighbor. They loved their enemy. They provided hope to thousands of people that were without it. As the plague begin to subside, Christianity was on its way to being accepted by the Roman Empire.

Today, we see many Christian missionaries going to various parts of the world to heal the sick. With the recent Ebola crisis in Africa, many of the doctors fighting it were Christians. They risked their well-being to love and serve people who were not only sick from Ebola, but also ostracized by their communities because they were sick. The medical missionaries fighting Ebola reflected the love of Christ to a world watching the crisis unfold.

Christians sometimes get worked up over perceived threats. “How do we defeat them/it?” We don’t fight fire with fire. We follow the example of Jesus. We play to our strengths. We love our neighbor. We love our enemy.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him (Jesus) who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

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