I admit it. I’m a Trekkie. I love watching Star Trek. In fact, I don’t just love watching Star Trek…I love watching Star Trek (the original), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and even though it’s not that good Star Trek: Enterprise. I’ve seen all the movies. I know a few of them by heart. After all, who can forget the classic scene, “Kkkaaaahhhhhnnnnn!”
I’m afraid I probably have lost at least half of you by now. Sorry. Being a Trekkie is one of my little quirks. We’re all a little weird. Come on, admit it! You are too! We all are. To be ‘an average person’ is just to say that a person’s weirdness isn’t totally beyond anyone else’s. So I admit it…Yes, I watch Star Trek, and, yes, I love it.
All that being said, I wanted to quote a Klingon phrase, “Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam.” Literally, it means, “Today is a good day to die,” but it is used whenever a Klingon is confronted with a challenge or a difficult situation. It is a statement of boldness. I declaration of can-do. To say this is to commit to a cause and see it through to the end. The Klingons are an honorable race, and the stakes of life and death brought forth in this phrase tell all that their commitment to a cause is serious.
Recently, Pastor Paul preached a sermon entitled “Whatever It Takes.” He encouraged us to look at our faith and to commit ourselves. Sometimes living faithfully is difficult. Have you ever said to a group of friends, “I don’t think we should be talking about someone like this behind their back.”? Have you ever offered love when someone was giving you hate and mean words? I’ve seen college students arrested for passing out Bibles, and I know that many of our brothers and sisters in faith have lost their lives in Jesus’ name. Whatever it takes…
Some might say that after 9/11 that we should not say such things. It might send the wrong message. However, when we truly understand Jesus when he said, “Take up your cross and follow me,” we see that Jesus has called us to a crucified life. It is a life that gives of itself for others. It is a life of loving and being loved. It is a life that is bold and courageous to right wrongs. It is a life that dies to self. The Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live. But, Christ lives in me.” To live as a Christian is to live in Christ, and that always means that we die to self. We live for God. We live for others. We live in Christ. Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam. Maybe the Klingons got it right.