This is pathetic, but clearly shows how quickly religion is on the wane in Western Europe. It’s been dying there for some time, and now pastors, seeing its death throes, are trying a new form of CPR: using new movies as themes for services. No, it’s not enough that people get dressed up of a Sunday and park their butts in pews: the church is encouraging them to dress up like Darth Vader. As CBS News reports:
About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion Church on a Sunday.
“We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig said after the service.
. . . With the film’s theme song – played on the church’s organ – still echoing around the rafters, the 30-year-old said he came up with the idea of the “Star Wars” service while talking with fellow pastor Ulrike Garve, 29, about how much they were looking forward to the seventh instalment in the franchise “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened Friday.
But here’s the money quote from Pastor Lucas:
“It’s great that there are subjects that people are interested in. They trust us to make them part of the church service without making it too Christian or too Star Wars, but to find a good compromise.”
Without making it too Christian! Now there’s your admission of what this stunt is really about.
I strongly suspect the kid below just wanted an excuse to dress up in public. The thought that so doing would bring him to God is laughable, especially in view of what some of the attendees said:
Churchgoer Jonathan Wonneberger, dressed as a Jawa trader, described the service as a welcome change from tradition.
“You don’t have to take everything that’s religious too seriously. Of course you have to treat it with respect, but when there’s a global event like Star Wars, it’s ok to jump on the bandwagon,” he said.
Scott McGuire, sporting a Chewbacca costume, said he planned to go see the movie later.
“I think the whole question of God is very interesting, but getting up early on a Sunday is one of those things. But for something like this, I’ll go,” he said.
Think of the possibilities! A Mad Max Mass! A Terminator service (“You’ll be back,” the preacher will say)! And services based on those perennial favorites, “The Sound of Music” (sing along!) and “The Rocky Horror Jesus Show.”