As I was browsing through Facebook as is usually the case, I came across this:
Now I am an avid Star Trek fan, I am working on completing my DVD collection of TOS, and I have all of the movies and some fan pick compilation DVD’s. However, I have never gotten into debating which series is the best with other nerd types like myself on the internet. This post intrigued me because with one word, one can not fully describe their experience with TNG, only one of several Star Trek television series. And that got me to thinking about God. How could I describe God in one word? I simply can’t. I can say Rock, or Shepherd, or Glorious, or Powerful but none of these words fully captures what or who God is.
The next thing I saw that intrigued me was that someone described TNG with the word “Hope”. Now I can speculate as to what they mean, hope for the franchise, hope for those characters being in other shows, whatever, but when I say “hope” I’m generally talking about Jesus. I have no hope apart from Him for anything. If Star Trek TNG is someone’s actual “hope” I feel sorrow for them. I see all these people that absolutely pour their lives into Star Trek, or Star Wars, or Battlestar (pick a series) and they live for conventions and new series and their hope is truly in a TV show. Maybe we should start a Star Trek convention outreach ministry…not gonna lie, I would thoroughly enjoy that…
Seeing Trek as people’s functional savior is a somewhat sobering experience as a minister, especially one who’s as big a nerd as I am. I just hope that somehow I can show people that they can hope in something tangible, in someone who invested His very life in their salvation and hope. Not something that’s made, to steal a line from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, “made in a Hollywood basement”