Captain Kirk discovers that Jonathan Edwards was right after all...those cute little buggers really are "Vipers in Diapers".
I caught myself thinking of an old Star Trek episode this morning while at work. The episode, titled, “Miri”, basically featured a group of children on an earth like planet and survivors of a horrible disease.
When the landing party of the Enterprise arrive, they find themselves suffering from the early symptoms of the same disease…while the children seem to remain immune. They quickly discover that the disease will kill within 7 days and that all children are immune until puberty.
The children are for the most part suspicious of the enterprise crew (in part because the grown ups tried to hurt them prior to dying off) and resist efforts to be helped, even trying to attack and kill the crew.But the children are in a world of their own. They are unconcerned that even they will perish in only a short time. They are unconcerned that the adults are dying. They make no plan to find out why people are dying because they really seem to be blind to the reality and gravity of their situation.
Believe it or not, this episode has much relevance for us in on this old planet earth.
While we are young, many of us are blessed with good health and good looks. We are energetic, we have friends, and most of us in the United States, even those of us growing up in poverty, had enought to eat.
We as young people are so oblivious to death, disease, and a hard life absent of friends, energy, and ideals. We can’t imagine a life without what we want in short supply.
The young are not alone in this. Many of us cover our eyes to the obvious fact that we are marching slowly towards death’s ominous door, all of us, completely unaware of which day will be our last.
We are blind to the disease raging in us, and all those around us, bringing even the strongest man to the grave in only a matter of time.
We cover our eyes to the effects of the disease, which cause some to weep, some to kill, and others to ravage whole nations.
We have sickness, we have poverty, we have depression, we have rage…marriages are shattered, companies are defrauded…and children are abused…and all these are merely symptoms of the quiet disease we suffer from. Earthquakes, typhoons, floods, volcanoes…even the earth shows evidence of this disease.
Scripture tells us that when God created man, he created him perfect, and their relationship with each other and the earth as a whole was perfect.
But Adam succumbed to temptation of a wily figure who appeared as a serpent…and broke the one rule laid down by Adam’s creator. By doing this, Adam lost his perfection, and plunged not only himself but his offspring and the created world too into a vast pool of disorder… suddenly everyone and everything became infected….
Children are born into this world bent from the beginning…and when they grow up to sin they are only showing their true nature…no the nature that God created in the beginning…but the nature that reflects Adams disobedience.
I myself suffer from this disease…and since it doesn’t give me sores, or make me feel sick…I can too easily forget that it is there…warping and twisting all of my thoughts, intentions, and desires.
Yet, just as Kirk and Spock from the enterprise found a cure…we too have a cure.
When meting out Adam’s punishment for his sin, God then turned to the serpent and promised that one would later come who would be bruised on his heel, but He himself would stomp on the serpent’s head.
This is Christ Jesus. Just as through one man came death, this second “adam” has brought life. Just as we were helpless and beggarly in our cancerous condition, Christ has come and given us fresh bandages, cleaning our sores, and giving us soothing ointment.
Christ came, member of the trinitarian God, and came in the likeness of God, putting on flesh so as too suffer and put to death our condition once and for all. Christ took the punishment for humanity’s rebellion, suffering the wrath of His perfect father upon the cross. While it appeared that Christ simply died like any common man, He demonstrated his perfection and his defeat of death by raising himself from the dead three days later. He demonstrated that no chains or fetters shall keep him down…and his enemies have been vanquished..though they rage currently for a short while…oblivious to the slow march to death.
The days are marching towards the judgment of all mankind and the enemies of God. God will give to those in rebellion against him what they deserve.
Frankly, we all deserve the worst. None of us, even the best of us, have fulfilled God’s law. We have not loved God perfectly…sin tainted it. We have not loved our nieghbor as we love ourselves…sin tainted that too.
What shall we do? We are dying, day by day….and none of us have clean hands.
We shall look to Christ…sitting at the right hand of the father in heaven, and plead for his mercy. We will trust Him to be our advocate to the father…and trust that Christ took our punishment to the cross on our behalf.
And we are slowly being healed…to reach conclusion on that day know one knows…
and I look forward to it.