When I was a kid, I loved the original Star Trek. Over its run, the plots often presented some pretty hot topics. The kinds of plots that made you think. One show I remember was called, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”. The show was about two humanoids from a planet that was in the midst of a war between two cultures. Frank Gorshin played one of these fellows. Gorshin’s character is from one of the cultures who had fled the planet. He has been chased for 50,000 years by another from the planet who was from the other culture. Both are white on one side and black on the other. They are taken aboard the Enterprise and both try to make their case that the other is evil and dangerous and inferior and the cause of great destruction on their home planet. Why do they hate each other? One is white on the left side, black on the right; the other is white on the right side, black on the left. (Not particularly subtle, right?) They ultimately are returned to their planet by Kirk and company only to find that there is no life there. All has been destroyed by the war between these two different “races”. Instead of repenting, they rage against each other for the destruction of their planet. Each steals a shuttle craft. They fly off to the planet continue the war, with only the two of them left. The lesson we are to take from this fictional episode is that racism is bad and mutually destructive. (Not particularly subtle again, right?) We might say that this was just a television show. Fiction. But we see evidence of its truth these days. What does the Bible say about this? Go online Sunday at 9:30am for the Facebook Live worship service of John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pasto Jeff will preach, “What does the Bible say about Racism?” This will be the first of a 4-part sermon series.
- What does the Bible say about Racism?
- What does the Bible say about Protest?
- What does the Bible say about Violence?
- What does the Bible say about Community?