Friday, October 21, 2011

Trekkies for Christ

Happy Friday everyone!  I had something else planned for today, but it was kind of a heavy message for a Friday so I will hold that message until next week and do something short and light as we enter into the weekend.  A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched a documentary called Trekkies.  It is about those Star Trek fans who some think take the show just a little bit too seriously.  I do not remember any foul language or sexual content in it and it did provide quite a few chuckles, so it is something to keep in mind if you are looking for something to watch.  I have to say that I have quite a fascination with Trekkies. Someday I will explain my fascination with things like that, but that is for another day.  Today I want to talk about what we as Christians can learn from the Trekkies.  There actually is something to be learned. You see, a Trekkie has many of the characteristics that a Christian should have.  No, I am not saying that we should be dressing in uniforms or speaking Klingon, but I am saying that the fervency and unashamanedness that they project the Trekkie persona is the same level that we should be projecting for Christ.  Before you think I have gone completely off my rocker, let me explain.

First of all, the dedicated Trekkie knows all things Star Trek.  They read books, listen to radio programs, keep up on on the latest news, know lines from television episodes and movies, and can even name their favorite episode by name and season.  They know exhaustive details on all the characters, even many minor ones.  There is practically nothing they do not know about Star Trek and what they do not know, they sit in seminars and read articles and books to learn about it.  They are anxious to learn because for them there is no such thing as knowing everything.  They know as much about Star Trek as we should know about the Word of God.  They have a deep and insatiable desire to learn those things they do not yet know that we should have for the things of God.  It is a shame that there is a group of people who have a deeper knowledge and even desire for knowledge about fiction than we do about the ultimate Truth.   They live for Star Trek the Scripture we should live for Christ.
All Scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
Next the Trekkie is unashamed to be a Trekkie.  Some are surely shy about it, but I am talking about those totally sold out to Star Trek.  They are not ashamed to wear their uniform, or elements of it, in their every day life.  In the movie Trekkies, there was one lady who served as the foreman of a jury in her Star Trek Federation Officers Uniform.  She went to court day in and day out wearing it and she said she did so because it was who she was and that the uniform represented her ethic.  I am not endorsing that we should go around wearing uniforms for fictitious organizations.  I am not even saying that as Christians that we have uniforms though our dress should be modest and not glorify or display unrighteousness.   No, we are not called to wear any particular kind of clothes, but we are told to wear something.  Not only we we to wear it, but we are to be as proud of it as the Trekkie is of her uniform.  We are to display it to the world as, like this juror, it should represent our ethic and should encompass all that we are.  What is it that we are called to wear? 
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to [fulfill its] lusts.  Romans 13:13-14 NKJV
Not only are these Trekkies unashamed to be a Trekkie, but they are so in the face of a world that ridicules them.  People find them weird, silly, and ridiculous.  They wonder just how they can take something so seriously to allow it to define their lives.  They try to marginalize them into being some tiny group of freaks.  One can make all the comments that they want, but it is an established niche industry that continues to fill large convention halls even to this day.  I am not saying that they are a terribly large group, but they are not nearly as tiny as people try to make them out to be.  Some may think that to compare them with Christianity is wrong.  What they follow is clearly fiction, but what we follow is clearly truth.  For me, that makes the comparison even more shameful to those of us who shy away from our faith in the face of persecution.  We face the same ridicule.  People think that we are silly, weird, freaks, narrow-minded, and a few other choice things.  There are many people who think that we follow just as much of a fantasy as Trekkies do.  The difference is that where they stand firm and band together in the face of persecution, we often shy away and even downplay the role of our faith in our lives.  The shame is on us for not standing for the role Truth plays in our lives while others stand for the role that fiction plays in theirs. 
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:38 NKJV
I can go on, but I think you are starting to get the point.  Some make the case that Trekkies are obsessed with Star Trek and for some that is true.  They are certainly fanatical in their devotion to all things Star Trek to where it begins to define their persona and worldview.  They wear the clothes, buy (and read and study) the books, they listen to talks, they go to conventions, they fellowship with other fans, and they are happy in who they are in, well, Star Trek.  They are everything for Star Trek that we should be for Christ.  We should be fanatical for Christ and our devotion to Christ should define our persona and worldview.  It should define everything about us to be honest.  We should should read and study our Bibles, we should pay attention to our pastor's messages, we should go to church, and we should fellowship with other believers.  We should be proud of Jesus in our lives.  We should boast in that we know God.  In fact, that is the one thing we are allowed to boast about.  We should be bold about who are in Christ no matter what the world thinks.  In fact, we should do it even more for Christ than the Trekkie does for Star Trek because what they do for fiction, we do for the Truth. 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16 NKJV

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