A Lesson From STAR TREK: The NEXUS RIBBON
I know I am different and not quite right off the rack, but one of my favorite moments from the Star Trek movies is found in “GENERATIONS”. It is the scene where Picard has gone into the reality altering NEXUS RIBBON and he has found Captain Kirk. They are riding horses and Kirk jumps over a chasm, turns around and jumps the same chasm again. He has a look of dismay on his face and he looks at Picard and says, “That wasn’t real.” You see Kirk had jumped at that very spot dozens of times in his life and he always felt some danger and excitement in his gut, but not this time. This time he knew that because he was in the NEXUS that the jump was not authentic or real. He realized that he was living within a fantasy, and that did not please or satisfy him. At first Kirk enjoyed the NEXUS because he could relive wonderful moments in his life, but after his realization at the chasm he knew that in his heart he required life to be real and not fake.
Picard came to the NEXUS to recruit James T. Kirk for a dangerous and life threatening mission. At first Kirk balked because he was enjoying the benefits of living in the fantasy that the NEXUS provided. However, upon Kirk’s discovery that the NEXUS was not reality, he quickly agreed to go on Picard’s mission to save others and The Enterprise and its crew. Kirk knew full well that this was a very dangerous life or death situation, but the good Captain chose grim reality over staying in a world that was not real.
Now ask yourself the question….. which choice would you make? Beyond that speculation based on Sci-fi, what choices do you make in everyday life? Do you choose what is real and authentic or do you chase fantasies? Is the life you live centered in the reality of Christ Jesus and all that means, or do you refuse to live life on life’s terms? I know, HUGE questions, but what are your sincere answers? Proverbs 13:5 states, “The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked use it to bring shame and disgrace.” Is being true and real more important to you than having vain imaginations just so you can look better in front of your peers and others? Is having ANY fantasy in your real life, beyond simple entertainment, ever a good thing? When people look to, into, and at you do they really get what they see? Are you authentic to the core? Ecclesiastes 5:7 says, “Much fantasy and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.”
Being insincere or fake is the antithesis of being a true Christ Follower. After all Jesus is The Truth and if we are truly to be called His, then we must also be truthful and transparent as He was. Captain Kirk chose a real death rather than a false life. So did Jesus. As my dear friend Glenn Kaiser says, “It will cost you everything to follow Jesus, and it will also cost you everything if you don’t.” So why hold back and hold onto the fantasies in your life? You say you want to be more like Jesus? Then BE more like Jesus and don’t hold back the truth in ANY part of your life. Because being fake is just not worth it. And others are watching you and they desperately need the truth from you, it could make a huge difference in their lives.
Love and ……
P.s. Being totally authentic and real is not always easy in this life. Yet, as individuals it is something that Christ requires of us. Now widen the scope to collections of individual Christians…what we call the Church. Is the “church” you attend fully truthful, authentic and real? Or is it just a Sunday morning show complete with hip music, lights and an entertaining pep talk? In the end the true Church is all about authentic relationship with Christ and one another, relationships that run even deeper than family. Without deep fellowship and sincere involvement in each others lives on more than Sundays we will never really be the Church that Jesus meant for us to be. Me? I am done with the fake, false and insincere. I would rather have one tiny bit of what is truthful and real…than a whole shitload of something less than genuine. So I choose what is simple, organic, true and relational over the imposter every day. My path is rarely easy, but I embrace it’s gritty reality with a kung fu death grip and say to Jesus ……bring it on!