Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Body of One

One of my favorite T.V shows growing up was Star Trek: Voyager. My whole family and I love Star Trek. Voyager is the story of two crews thrown together. It started with newly appointed Captain Kathryn Janeway of the, recently constructed, state of the art science vessel, Voyager, and Chakotay, captain of a Maquis vessel. The Maquis are a terrorist group; several Maquis members are former members of Starfleet, including Chakotay. They rejected a certain peace treaty that was formed between the federation and an alien race. Captain Janeway's  security officer was undercover on board Chakotay's vessel. When the Maquis vessel went missing in 'the badlands,' Voyager was sent on a rescue mission to find it.

Once they arrived in the badlands they were pulled by a beam into another quadrant of the galaxy. This was done by a powerful alien being known as the Caretaker. The crew of Voyager discovered that the same thing happened to the Maquis vessel. Chakotay's vessel was destroyed, but Voyager rescued the crew. There were many casualties including several high ranking members of both crews. The technology that was used to bring them there ended up getting destroyed along with the Caretaker. Both crews were stranded together in the Delta Quadrant! Captain Janeway and Chakotay discussed the situation and decided that their only option was to join together in order to survive. They agreed to become, "one crew, a Starfleet crew." Captain Janeway appointed Chakotay as her second in command and the two crews were forced to work together.

In life, often times we are thrown into difficult situations; whether it's being far from home, or being around people who we don't really know or get along with. We have to remember that we are all sons and daughters of God. Most of us are working towards the same goal - to go back home to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Once they got their barrings they discovered they were over 70,000 light-years from home; which was at least 75 years at maximum speed. Obviously this meant they were going to be together for a long time.

Even though they all had the same goal - reaching home - neither crew had an easy time adjusting to being together. There were several confrontations that occurred for quite a few months. Eventually after going through many battles and trials together, they all discovered how much they needed each other and both crews became one.

In 1 Corinthians 12: 13-14 it says,
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

We are many members - but one body; in verses 15-26 it explains the importance each part of a body has. Just because we have a hand, doesn't mean we don't need a foot. Each part is important and they all come together to work as one body. Each part needing the other. It is the same in life, work, church, and home and family - we need one another. Like the crew of the Voyager discovered, we won't get very far if we fight against each other. By no means are we able to be best friends with everyone around us, but Jesus taught, "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." - John 13:34

It wasn't until the Voyager and Maquis crews began to have respect for each other and understanding of their differences that they began coming together as one crew. They became like a big family; they learned to love each other and endure together. "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it." -1 Corinthians 12:26

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