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The BORG has a Queen…

June 1, 2016

Greetings,

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 uniqueness, 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 utopian 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 The 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 all supposed to be humble equal sibling peers and the absolute greatest calling any of us has.. is to truly BE a loving Sister or Brother to whosoever will.

Love and…….

Kirk Out!

P.s.  It was pointed out to me that I may have painted with too broad of a brush on this particular blog post.  Of course not all “churches” are as cold, mechanical and uncaring as the BORG.  Normally I use the words much or most of the institutional/Traditional “church” when referring to the System.  For some reason I failed to do so today and for that I apologize.  The IC system is wrong and damages most of the people inside of it and for saying that I won’t apologize.  Sure some IC’s are better than others and some ways of churching or more excellent than others.  I hope this clarifies my heart on this matter.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. Sue heumann permalink

    All I want to know is do I need to start watching Star Trek movies???😖😬🙏

    • Only if you want to Sue. They are pretty good overall though and I draw on them at times to give analogies that are hopefully beneficial even if you don’t know much about Star Trek.

  2. Jonathan Lindvall permalink

    Christopher, you may not want to allow my comment to go public–I’ll understand if you don’t. As you noted, your characterization of the IC is pretty harsh here. Yet I find myself largely agreeing with even the most inflammatory rhetoric. What I find uncomfortable is your excellent comments about Jesus’ condemnation of the use of titles, while just a few breaths earlier you refer to yourself as “Captain.” I suspect this is only a humorous link to the character in the TV show, but it seems to me you may want to rethink using it even in humor. Whether or not you see it that way, I increasingly appreciate the glimpses of your heart.

    • Jonathan, I am not a real Captain. I just use the title as a tongue in cheek bit of Star Trek humor because I share the last name of the shows main character. Thanks for asking.

  3. This is my first visit to your blog. I enjoyed this … it is a fair analogy representing some of the aspects of the church which has been programmed as an institution. It does not describe the Church (called OUT ones) who in answer to Jesus’ Prayer recorded in John 17 are a living organism, born OF and taught by the Holy Spirit within.

  4. Dan permalink

    May Christendom stop climbing the hierarchical ladder. May all instead dive for the lowest place to serve one another.

    • Yes Dan, Jesus our only true example humbled Himself and washed feet. Loved the analogy of diving down rather than climbing up.

  5. "BK permalink

    Great stuff here…..amen! I especially liked the PS simply because it shows your heart….a heart clearly for the Lord. Thanks, Christopher, “BK”

    • BK thank you for recognizing my heart, as you have for almost 20 years now. LOve you!

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