Monday, December 27, 2010

Common Frame of Reference

Ever try to talk about Jesus, explain your Christian point of view, or do things the way you do to someone who isn't a Jesus follower?

One of my favorite scenes from Star Trek IV:

McCoy: Perhaps, we could cover a little philosophical ground. Life. [pause] Death. [pause] Life. [pause] Things of that nature.

Spock: I did not have time on Vulcan to review the philosophical disciplines.

McCoy: C'mon, Spock, it's me, McCoy. You really have gone where no man's gone before. Can't you tell me what it felt like?

Spock: It would be impossible to discuss the subject without a common frame-of-reference.

McCoy: You're joking!

Spock: A joke [pause] is a story with a humorous climax.

McCoy: You mean I have to die to discuss your insights on death?

Spock: Forgive me, Doctor. I am receiving a number of distress calls.

McCoy: I don't doubt it.


  1. i so relate to talking with someone and they just dont get it. the big one is when they just dont care, they dont want to get it. they are living life and dont see a reason to inquire about God. it scares me how many people are like that. but i have to remember that it is all in the scripture. people will turn away and the book of revelation will begin. it's hard to spread the word of God when no one wants to hear it.

  2. Having a Jesus following frame of mind affects everything we do -- well, it ought to if we're in prayful consideration about our lives. Why won't I tell that little white lie to the boss to cover for you being tardy? Why do I go back to the customer service desk the next day when I realize the clerk didn't charge me for an item? To the rest of the world, these things are no big deal. Life is full of shades of grey for them. Morality and values are a sliding scale according to current social constructs. They maybe recognize God as an ideal. Since they intrinsicly know they cannot acheive that ideal, and they don't understand the grace and mercy provided by and necessary for salvation from Jesus, they hope they live a life that's "good enough."
    Conversations that follow with people who are satisfied with lot in life run much like those with my cousin who tells me that if Ghandi is not in Heaven, he doesn't want to go there. I'll keep praying for him, but God will grant Jason that request -- and the rest of the people who found their own lives good enough without Jesus.