Don't be deceived by the attractiveness of sin.
Princess Leia comes from a peaceful planet called Alderaan. They have no weapons whatsoever, and have stepped out of the battle between the Empire and the Rebellion. She uses her position as Princess to cover her military exploits as humanitarian missions. However, she has been captured and is trapped on the Death Star, at the mercy of Darth Vader and his Imperial Stormtroopers. And though they try everything they can to get her to spill her secrets of the Rebellion, she will not budge.
Slave, Temptation, Lie, Integrity, Sin
Leia is brought out onto the main deck of the Death Star by Darth Vader to Governor Tarkin, who is waiting for her. He informs her that he has the power to put her to death unless she tells her secrets, but she refuses. He responds by showing her the power of the Death Star. This will be the first time it’s fully operational, and she has been the deciding factor in which planet they choose to destroy. “Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the rebel base, I have chosen to test this station’s destructive power on your home planet of Alderaan,” he reveals. When she protests, citing Alderaan’s peaceful stance in the war, Governor Tarkin tells her that if she provides him with a military target (for example, the Rebel base) then he’ll go after that one. Leia visibly hesitates at this -- she cannot betray the Rebellion and everything they stand for, but she also cannot stand to see her entire planet murdered. As she weighs her decision, Governor Tarkin steps closer to her so she can see her home planet in the cross-hairs of the Death Star. Frightened by this image, she finally makes her decision. “Dantooine,” she admits, defeated. “They’re on Dantooine.” She cannot even look the Governor in the eye. Satisfied with his success, he pauses to gloat before Darth Vader and then turns to his nearest subordinate officer. “Continue with the operation,” he commands, “You may fire when ready.” “What??” Leia screams. They had a deal, and Tarkin is going back on it. “You’re far too trusting,” he tells her condescendingly. The panic on her face is clear now- Leia is about to lose everything she’s held dear. “Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration but don’t worry. We will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.” The Princess lunges at him to stop him, but is held back by Vader. She is powerless to stop the soldiers from following their orders, and is forced to watch all of her friends and family from Alderaan perish at the hand of the Empire.
Governor Tarkin said it himself -- Princess Leia was far too trusting. He deceived her with the promise that her planet would be safe, but once he got the information he needed, his word meant nothing. In the same way, Satan has mastered the art of deception. Sin can look incredibly tempting- it may even seem harmless or insignificant. But in reality, sin is destructive, corrupting, and addictive. Satan played on this when he tempted Jesus Himself. Matthew 4:1-11 tells the story of the devil’s attempt to lure Jesus into sin. He used Jesus’ natural, human hunger to try to get Him to turn stones into bread, he appealed to Jesus’ human pride to try to have Him display His full might in front of the temple, and he offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would only bow down to him. Do not be fooled. Sin is not ever a “good option”. It is never a viable shortcut, or a way to get what we want without hurting anybody. Jesus tells us that Satan’s only goal is this world is “to steal and kill and destroy,” (John 10:10). By giving a foothold to sin, we give it the power to rule over us and our lives (Genesis 4:7, John 8:34). As Christians, that position was already filled when we gave our hearts to the Lord. When Jesus came to this earth, He came to give us abundant life. Though every one of us has allowed sin to have a stake in our lives (Romans 5:12), we have hope in the resurrection of Christ. He died for us so that we could be free from the powers of sin and darkness, and never have to submit to them again (Galatians 5:1). So don’t let yourself fall into the trap of thinking sin is harmless. Know that by seeking integrity, self-control, and honor in Christ, we are fulfilling His will for our lives and growing in Godliness every day.