The BORG has a Queen…
I was watching The Star Trek film FIRST CONTACT awhile back and it struck me how much the BORG is like the Traditional/Institutional Church. Like modern church missionaries the BORG sends out its workers to convert and assimilate people of other cultures and lands into its own collective, robbing them of their own distinctions and personal qualities. Then the church teaches them to tithe which really is nothing new to the native converts because in their tribal religions they are accustomed to paying off a Deity to avoid punishment and bring blessings and goodwill to their tribes. Sure the “church” says they are teaching its new members to be more like Jesus, but in the end all they really do is make them more like themselves. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah it was Jesus in Matthew 23:15 “You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.” Truth is that much of the “church” wants clones and NOT disciples.
Breathe Captain, breathe….
Back to FIRST CONTACT…. And just when you thought the BORG was some sort of socialist collective of peers and equals… WHAM …. there it is! The BORG has a Queen! It is not communal it is a freaking Hierarchy! The worker BORGS actually work for and serve the Queen and NOT the collective. Now where do we see this in the Traditional church? We see it when A PASTOR, or Pastors rule over a congregation with some sort of hierarchy. Where there is ANY sort of pecking order and someone is getting paid honor and perhaps money there you have an non-biblical hierarchy. I say “non-biblical” because the ONLY possible biblical hierarchy in the New Covenant is this: JESUS IS KING and all the rest of us are NOT! The Jesus way is simple and He says it this way, “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi” (Master, or any official title of honor), for you have only one Master and you are ALL brothers. and do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’ (Pastor), for you have one Teacher, The Christ. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23: 8-12)
That all seems pretty darn clear to me. The truth is that no Christ Follower is supposed to be positionally OVER or UNDER another Christ Follower. We are supposed to be humble sibling peers and the greatest calling any of us has,.. is to truly BE a Sister or Brother to whosoever will.
P.s. I would appreciate some prayers. Since Monday night I have had severe joint, muscle and total body aches and a fever. Finally went to the Dr. today they tested me for the flu and I was negative. Seems I have some sort of infection somewhere and they sent me to the hospital for blood work, Xrays and a battery of other tests. I feel like I got blindsided by a runaway train.
P.s.s. The test results all came back inconclusive. They have me on a broad spectrum anti-biotic now. If no improvement by Monday it will be back to the Doctor. I am trusting Jesus.