Friday, March 16, 2012

Star Trek, Leadership, and God – Part 2

Alex Knapp’s “Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard” has these five points:
  1. Speak to people in the language they understand. (Or, it's okay to threaten a Klingon.)
  2. When you're overwhelmed, ask for help.
  3. Always value ethical actions over expedient ones.
  4. Challenge your team to help them grow.
  5. Don't play it safe--seize opportunities in front of you.
We discussed the first two, as exemplified by Jesus. Number three looks like a no brainer till you think about the whole point of Jesus coming to earth. It required a man acting as a man for our salvation to be valid. And there are two examples that immediately come to mind of Jesus showing how it ought to be done by not using the powers of His Godhood. The first was His temptation in the desert. Let’s take a look.

As we’ve mentioned before, He started with a 40 day fast, which left Him weakened. Which may be why Satan picked that point to pop in for a visit and throw those temptations at Christ. Jesus could have sailed through them by using His powers as God, but that wouldn’t have done anything. He could have used His Godly power to squash Satan like a bug. Certainly, there weren’t any “on the spot” witnesses. We learn about it after the fact. But, as the beginning event in Jesus’ time of ministry, it defines His ministry and leadership. The discipleship and leadership lesson in this, for us, is that we can, as humans, deal with Satan’s temptations. And the “tools” to get through them are God and the Word of God.

At the end of his human life, Jesus went through torture, crucifixion and death. As a human. He had already spent lots of time teaching the necessity of this. And that the death was essential for there to be a resurrection. When we think about it, it would have been a lot easier for Christ to show off His powers and zapped those torturing Him and crucifying Him. But that would have negated the plan of salvation. Instead, Jesus took the ethical path instead of expediency. For the plan of of God, this was the intended way. But it also, after all the teaching, showed leadership to His followers. And both situations demonstrate ethics over expediency.

The fourth lesson point is to challenge your team so they can grow. Jesus took a bunch of fishermen and trained them to lead the world to God. Jesus also took a failed Peter and told him to spiritually lead and feed the flock. He took the most accomplished killer of Christians and chose him to be a pivotal leader of the faith, expressing much of the doctrine we understand today. Wow! The challenge is not only in drawing out more of what’s been displayed, but totally changing lives, as well.

That should be enough to think about, this time. There’s one more point. We’ll get to that and some closing thoughts, next time. But here are a couple of questions to help our meditation. Do we more often take the easy way or the right way? And how do we challenge ourselves and those around us?


  1. great article with out Jesus it's no way to enter to heaven!

  2. So true, Gabriel. Glad you like the series.