Morals of the Clone Wars 2.8: Brain Invaders

Moral: “Attachment is not compassion.”

Part of the Jedi code says that attachment is forbidden for a Jedi. In the Old Republic this most commonly was played out in not letting Jedi marry.

Attachment, essentially, is also forbidden for Christians. We’re called to love nothing more than God. Jesus even goes so far to tell us hate our family if we end up with a deeper attachment to them than to God (Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26). 1 John 2:15 tells us not to love the world.

But, of course, attachment is not the same as love. Often, attachment leads to avarice. Compassion seldom finds a place when attachment is what we’re operating on.

Compassion comes out of love, not attachment. And attachment and love are seldom on the same wavelength. Love is willing to let go. If I love my kids, I must raise them with the intent of being able to live independently some day. If I hold what I love too much (attachment), then I make an idol out of that thing.

One of the things we need to do in the church is analyze what we’re attached to: traditions, prestige, the church itself. Instead, we must be focused on loving God and loving our neighbors. Compassion will change the world; attachment will only keep us insulated.


~ by Dave on August 30, 2010.

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