Hopefully you read Part 1 of this two part series. If not, you can catch up here. I will, however, do a quick recap. In the first post, I compared two similarities between the Borg and the body of Christ.
Number 1 – they both want to add to their numbers. Where they differ is in the how they try to accomplish this goal. The Borg uses force and Christ followers are called to use love. John 13: 34-35 says, 34 And so I am giving a new commandment to you now—love each other just as much as I love you. 35 Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
Number 2 – they both want to influence how people think. The Borg’s goal is to assimilate someone into their “hive” and have them take on “the hive mind” as their own. “The hive mind” is a collection of all the minds sharing the same consciousness.
When people become a follower of Christ, they are given the mind of Christ. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16, But the man who isn’t a Christian can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us. They sound foolish to him because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means. Others just can’t take it in. 15 But the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all. 16 How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer. But, strange as it seems, we Christians actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ.
Now that you are up to speed, here is my last point. The Borg are striving for perfection. When they would assimilate another race of beings into their “hive,” all the knowledge and advancements of that race would become a part of the Borg. By doing this over and over, the Borg would continue to improve themselves. They were, however, selective in who they assimilated. If a species was found not be beneficial to the Borg, they were destroyed.
We as Christ followers do not make the church perfect. Isaiah tells us in chapter 64 verse 6 that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. We are incapable on our own to accomplish such a daunting task. It is only through Christ that we are capable to be made more perfect. Look at what John says, 17 And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the day of judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy because he loves us and we love him too. 1 John 4:17
The role we do play in the body of Christ is that we are called to assist, guide, comfort, correct, etc those who are in the body. King Solomon simplified this in Proverbs 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
But the ultimate goal for Christ followers is to spend eternity with their Heavenly Father. This world is under the curse of sin and it, too, longs for perfection. Listen to Paul as he describes our world, 18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. 19 For all creation is waiting patiently and hopefully for that future day when God will resurrect his children. 20-21 For on that day thorns and thistles, sin, death, and decay —the things that overcame the world against its will at God’s command—will all disappear, and the world around us will share in the glorious freedom from sin which God’s children enjoy. 22 For we know that even the things of nature, like animals and plants, suffer in sickness and death as they await this great event. Romans 8:18-22
When you become a follower of Christ, you long for the day when you can see Christ face to face and no longer are subjected to sin and death. This is true perfection.
Well, there you have! My final thoughts on the comparison of the Borg and the Church. I hope you liked it!