Idolatry is the worship of a cult image or physical image in place of the worship of God.
It’s really easy to see in Star Wars fandom exactly how bad the idol worship is. Thousands of people make their entire identities around these movies — whether it’s youtube channels that endlessly talk about these 2 hour films, spending far more time preaching about them than the people who actually made the film spent working on it, or people on twitter or other sites.
The films are designed by a corporate board with merchandizing exactly to do this — to addict someone, to force them to consume their life on it. Star Wars video games, books, extra shows, star wars fresh oranges and star wars ovens for your kitchens (no joke), the marketing has been designed to make it all you ever think about.
And that’s when it becomes idolatry, when it’s consumed your life. When Star Wars and identifying with Star Wars is more important to you than identifying as a Christian. Can you imagine if people talked about their church services even 1/10th of the amount they talk about Star Wars? we might actually see a major change in society.
But we won’t. Because even when talking about how much they “hate it”, they are obsessing over it. They can’t let go of it. It’s like an addict needing that fix of heroin even though they know it’s bad for them.
People can’t get over it or “just do it in small doses.” It’s a societal epidemic where it’s really unhealthy, and the worst of these are those who identify with the hashtag #FandomMenace.
They have been duped into thinking they’re “fighting” when they’re pushing obsession over this brand to levels the disney marketing department could never dream of. It’s really concerning to watch, and more concerning to see how many people lash out when someone puts their hand up and says “hey, this isn’t healthy.”
But that’s the easy to tell sign of addiction. When someone says something and the cult piles on and loses their minds. It’s why someone needs to start saying it.
I may be alone right now, but these fandom obsessions are NOT HEALTHY. I know from experience. I’ve been there. I can only try to pass my wisdom on.
Break the habit by reading another book or watching another film. If you like laser sword action, you can read Justified. The more you diversify your interests, the less likely you’ll get caught up in something like this.