Ever wonder how God turned into Darth Vader, Jesus became Luke Skywalker, and Christians came to look like storm-troopers? It's the product of a particular way of understanding the cross that is the centerpiece of Christianity. I call it the Vader cross, a cross that makes Jesus bleed so that his Sith Lord Father can have a cathartic release for His anger.
This Vader-ized cross was recently the subject of a controversial decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to drop the popular hymn "In Christ Alone" from their new hymnal on account of a line which says the purpose of Jesus' cross was to ensure that "the wrath of God was satisfied." The stormtroopers of the Christian blogosphere howled in protest, chalking it up as yet another example of mainline Christian denominations eschewing uncomfortable Biblical truths under popular pressure.
The irony is that the Bible never says Jesus was crucified to satisfy the wrath of God. It certainly says God is angry about sin; it says Jesus died to save us from sin; but nowhere does it say explicitly that the cross's purpose is to be a dumping ground for God's wrath. This widespread misunderstanding of the cross's purpose is modern Christianity's most significant theological problem with devastating ethical consequences manifested in the intransigent misanthropy of many Christian stormtroopers today.