We all need somebody to lean on.

*Spoiler Alert*

The problem with people is that no one is perfect. We trust in people, they let us down, and then we are left to clean up the mess afterwards. Maybe in order to avoid a repeat, we should trust no one! This of course is one of the main ideas in the new Solo movie. As a main character says, “Assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed.”

And for some people, living apart from the rest of us is a price they are willing to pay. “It’s lonely at the top,” we are told. And yet, most of us know at least one person who is willing to fight their way to the top no matter what it takes. Is it worth it at the end?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is about how Han Solo became… Han Solo. When we meet him in A New Hope, we meet this mysterious fully formed character who obviously has an interesting background (could you make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs?) and is comfortable with Shooting First. But who is he really?

In the movie, we learn about his previous life is filled with disappointment. As an orphan with nothing to his name, he has had to fight for survival. There is no one he can call on for help and he has had to make it on his own. When he finally does become part of a team, he is advised never to trust another person.

It is an interesting idea, but does this really work out in real life? For those who read and believe the Bible, we have no choice but to trust one another. We are told for example to love one another (John 13:34), to carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) and to be kind, compassionate, and always ready to forgive (Ephesians 4:32). If we never trusted another person, we would not have to do any of the above. But the fact is, we are called to live in community.

If even Jesus thought living in community was important, how could we not?


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