I few weeks ago, I picked up this sweet woot shirt. Most Star Wars fans will get the reference right off. If you are not then listen up – thats Admiral Ackbar who, when the rebel alliance is attacking the death star ( the cheese), makes the famous line that for some reason is so ridiculed. When he realized his squadrons are in trouble he shouts out “It’s a trap!”
I have been spending a lot of time recently thinking about ol’ Ackbar, and his infamous warning. For it seems that we find ourselves most of time in the position of the the X wing fighter pilots. Think about those guys – heading in for what appears to be treasure and true victory. Hey look, no defense, hey look, a helpless little Death Star just waiting for us to take it over. Could life get any better?
Yep that’s us. Oh what could it hurt? Sure I need more money – look it’s just there for the taking. One look, one touch, one taste. Whoo hoo, we are in like Flynn! oops…
Fortunately, we have words similar to the Admiral to remind us what is going on. First there are the words of James crying out “Trap, Trap”
14We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. James 1:14 (CEV)
oh those temptations. like cheese on a mouse trap, like the Death Star without any defense. Next we see Paul writing to Timothy, instructing him to warn people of the traps that are blinding them as he says.”It’s a trap”, the devil’s tricks and mirages are just traps! Pull up Pull Up..”
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, 2 Timothy 2:26 (NIV)
Finally, in the theme of Ackbar are the words of the Christ himself reminding us of how careless living can lead us right into a trap.
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:33-35 (NIV)
So today, heed the warning of Ackbar and remember that some of the things of life may look great, but really “It’s a trap!”
Pull Up! Pull Up!