Sunday, March 18, 2012

Star Trek, Leadership, and God -- Part 3

Once again, Alex Knapp’s “Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard” discusses 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.

That last one may seem like it doesn’t fit Jesus and God. But even Jesus didn’t play it safe. When we talked about the previous point we mentioned how Jesus challenged His followers. But think of the chances He took with the Apostles. Eleven were uneducated fishermen. One was a self centered, money oriented back stabber. What of the two big guns? One spent a lot of time in failure. The other had to overcome the thinking that led to killing Christians, then overcome a reputation as a Christian killer. Yes, God could overcome all of that. But, as a human leader, those were some pretty gutsy examples on Jesus’ part.

The plan of salvation included that only God could fully get through it, but required that a man take all the steps. And, then, the final result was left to each individual’s free will. After all that Jesus went through for our salvation, we could still choose to reject it. How many of us would go through all that, knowing that the final individual outcome was still based on someone else’s decision?

I mentioned that there was another article. A similar Star Trek oriented five lessons, but based on Captain Kirk. The last point in that article talks about Kirk’s love of the Enterprise. And, in the movie “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, he had to either blow up the Enterprise as one of his tactics or lose the battle with the Klingons. Interesting choice.  But what about our walk with God?

Job lost everything and didn't complain.  In return, he gained more than he started with.  Then, think of  Jesus and our Christianity. In order for the plan of salvation to work, Jesus had to leave the comfort of heaven for life on earth and the pain and agony of His torture and crucifixion. We may need to give up things that are sometimes good in order to gain the great. And it’s not always clear what we gain or if things will ever get better. We need to go by faith and trust God.  Once we do that, the rest is up to Him.

Both of Mr. Knapp’s original articles have some interesting points and are worth reading. “Five Leadership Lessons from Jean-Luc Picard” can be found at http://onforb.es/yraqsl. “Five Leadership Lessons from James T. Kirk” is at: http://onforb.es/w5Q2fn.

How do you keep from always taking the safe option? And are you willing to give up the good for the great?

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