God, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rapture of a blind eye

God, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the rapture of a blind eye

It may seem odd for God and Obi-Wan Kenobi  to share a headline, yet you are compelled to read on.  You know that things are not always as they seem.

For me, the difficulty with the title of this piece came in deciding whether or not to capitalize the word “rapture .”  If you don’t know what that means, consider yourself ahead of the game.

Watching the Academy Awards last night got me thinking about the new Star Wars movie coming out in December. It’s been 10 years since the last one and I’m looking forward to “The Force Awakens.”

I’m also happy that the director’s name, J.J. Abrams sounds a lot like mine.

The original Star Wars came out in 1977 and introduced the characters we would follow through the next two installments, released in 1980 and 1983.  There was Luke, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader and, of course the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.

Again, if you don’t know what any of that means, you may be way ahead of the game.

Star Wars instantly took me to a time long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.  The special effects weren’t all that great back then, but it was easy to believe if you wanted to believe.  More accurately, it was easy to suspend your beliefs and allow yourself to be transported, if you were so inclined.

I saw Star Wars at the (long gone) Old Orchard Theater in Skokie, Illinois.  1977 was also the year that Nazis marched in that mostly Jewish, Chicago suburb, juxtaposing a fantasy movie with the harsh reality of a fairly recent horror.

For most people, it was easy to separate the world of Luke Skywalker from the reality of their lives.  That far away galaxy ceased to exist once we finished our popcorn and left the theater.

With what seems like a resurgence of the Crusades and myriad of atrocities committed in the name of God or Allah or any of a variety of names of the Creator, some of us may have succumbed to the will or wills of fictional characters.  How do we draw the line between reality and what we think is real?

There’s a lot of folks running around this planet doing God’s work.  Or Allah’s.  If they’ve all got marching orders from the man above, why aren’t they all doing the same thing?

If God created the heavens and the earth in six days, what was He doing the week before that?  And the week before that week?

If God created the heavens and the earth in six days, what the heck does He need your help for, anyway?

The line between the crazy guys who cut your head off for incorrect prayer rituals and some of our own crazies up in Washington is starting to get pretty blurry.  If you all think you’re getting a message from God, you might have your wires crossed.

If you think you need to insert an ultrasound probe into a woman’s vagina to help her make decisions about her own body, maybe we should have a proctologist insert his little scope into your rectum every time you decide to talk out of your ass.

Now, I don’t want anyone to get their panties all bunched up thinking I’m questioning your faith.  That’s for you to do.  You’re the one who has to determine how strong your faith is if it can’t be questioned.

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