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.

In a previous Star Wars Advent Calendar, I did a post on a Hoth Officer. Since today it is a Hoth Rebel Trooper, I made some tweaks to the original post, and reposted below. Enjoy.

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Why does one join a movement? Why does one join a cause for change?

Why would one join a rebellion?

These are the thoughts I have when seeing this Hoth Rebel Trooper. Knowing the power the Emperor had, having vanquished the Jedi and the Senate, what could the Rebel Alliance have thought they could do? What delusion were they under thinking they could topple this regime that executed a power play with precision?

It’s easy to get excited about a cause, and initially jump into it with fervor. Excitement wanes, another cause arises in which you you can appear to support by doing nothing and shouting loud, the reality of what it takes for a cause to make change is made evident…

Why would someone stick with it? Despite the victory at the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the Death Star, why would someone…believe? Hope against hope they had a chance?

This Rebel Trooper is serving on the remote ice planet of Hoth for a cause he believes. He serves for a greater good. He believes so much that he is willing to die for the cause.

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him (Jesus). And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel… —Luke 2:33-34 (ESV)

Jesus was here for a reason, and the destiny of many was affected by his life. At various points, huge crowds were following him. People followed him all over the place, even if it meant being hungry or having no place to sleep. They believed.

And yet, at various points, people fell away from following him. Maybe a particular teaching was too difficult to adhere to, or the cost of discipleship was too much, or the criticisms from others swayed them from following Jesus.

A small, unruly band of apostles affected the trajectory of humanity because of Christ. They were outnumbered, insignificant, and uneducated, and yet they believed in spite of living during the height of the Roman Empire under persecution from the Pharisees.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. —Hebrews 11:13-16 (ESV)

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