Day 13: Star Trek, Borg, and the Irresistible Grace of God

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Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Ephesians 4:25

If you’ve ever watched one of the more modern iterations of Star Trek then you know about an incredibly powerful enemy of Star Fleet called the Borg. Nerd Alert! The Borg are cybernetic organisms linked together with a hive mind. Which just means they are former humans who have been assimilated into a colony. The Borg assimilate people by changing them into “drones” by injecting nanoprobes into their bodies and surgically adding cybernetic (mechanical) components to them. Once a part of the hive they can hear each others thoughts and work together seamlessly to achieve one goal. 

A Borg Cube tractors the Enterprise-D

In Star Trek Voyager a female drone is rescued from the hive and brought to live amongst the crew. Her name is Seven of Nine, and her transition isn’t easy. She struggles at first with loneliness. She is so used to being a part of the collective that she goes a little crazy with the silence and isolation, but eventually she learns to become an important part of the body of the Star Fleet crew. 

The Borg are probably one of the most feared villains in the Star Trek franchise because of their collective power. Because they are basically connected via wi-fi to one another; they are almost impossible to defeat. What a picture that is of the power of the collective, of the power of the collective body which works together for one goal. I often think about this as an illustration of the potential for a community of faith which is passionate about faithfully gathering to serve the Lord. We are not connected to one another’s minds, but we are connected, each one of us, to the same Holy Spirit and His will is not changing. He wants us to love one another with brotherly affection, to put aside our differences, to die to ourselves, the way each Borg drone has died to itself, and to live for one another. Imagine a church where this was the goal of every one of us; where we all were bent on out doing one another in honor, in bearing one another’s burdens, and in serving one another. We would be a formidable adversary to indifference, isolationism, and even hatred. It’s ironic isn’t it, that the Borg’s ultimate goal was “achieving perfection,” and the ultimate goal of the life of the believer is perfection as we arrive at our destination where we gather together to collectively love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and have one goal in mind: the worship of the Lamb. 

When we make first contact with the pure light that is the love and grace of God, resistance is futile.

Questions to ponder

Do you have a favorite character in Star Trek or some other science fiction series? What makes them your favorite?

Have you ever felt isolated in your life of faith? Do you tend to seek out community or wait for it to come to you?

What is one thing you can do today to reach out to someone else that comes to mind that is in need of Christian community? Make that connection!

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  • Well said. I love that text that leads up to today’s verse. It is key to the biblical understanding of the church. After saying that Christ gives leaders to guide and develop the church it says, “This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:13–16, NLT)

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