Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Resistance Isn't Futile - May 18, 2011

James 4:4-8 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
4You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that love for this evil world is hatred toward God? Whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God. 5Do you think this passage means nothing? It says, “The Spirit that lives in us wants us to be his own.”

6But God shows us even more kindness[grace]. Scripture says,

“God opposes arrogant people,
but he is kind to humble people.” — Proverbs 3:34

7So place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters.

I am sure that many of you, especially the guys, remember the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation, that ran from 1987 to 1994. In the show the most dreaded enemy that the crew of the Enterprise faced were the Borg. They were a race of aliens that assimilated every other species of alien; they became cybernetically enhanced humanoid drones of multiple species, that were organized as an interconnected collective(almost sounds like socialism), with the single goal of perfection. Basically, they were set on everyone becoming just like them, and as they attacked those that wouldn't submit, they would tell them that "resistance is futile".

When we try to assimilate ourselves into the ways of the world, we are behaving alot like part of the Borg collective. We try to become just like everybody else, drawn to the lure of what the world has to offer in money, power, and fame. Most of us subject ourselves and our families to this very thing, when we try to "keep up with the Joneses". Unfortunately, most of the time we end up doing things that are contrary to the ways of God, and instead find ourselves under the influence of the ways of the devil.

The courageous Star Trek crew often battled against becoming a part of the Borg collective, and many shows were dedicated to their struggle. James, the brother of Jesus, writes that our love for the world, our desire to assimilate into it, makes us enemies of God. Instead we are to be continually struggling against the ways of the world, placing ouselves under the influence and authority of God. When we continually do so, eventually our "resistance" to worldly things, through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, brings us closer to God.

The bottom line is this: your resistance will make the devil flee from you. He will no longer have the same influence, and your desires will change from worldly things to those that are pleasing to God.

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