Good Christian Martians, Rejoice!

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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” –Matthew 2:1-2

I’ve been listening to a trilogy of sci-fi audiobooks, not at all religious.  Something like 50 hours of material, and most of it has been really good.  But the other day, with about 90 minutes left in the trilogy, suddenly a spaceship shows up riding behind a comet, and the occupants of this spaceship?  The Magi.

Yeah! The Magi, the wise men from the East.  Apparently they are aliens who show up every so often for special events, like the birth of Jesus.  Honestly, it was a strange thing to throw in to this series, but I’m intrigued to see how the last hour and a half goes.

The other reason I’m intrigued is because of some pretty explosive news out of the Pentagon.  Did you hear? For the first time in decades, they let us know that they’ve been secretly investigating UFOs.  What’s more, they released footage of a fighter pilot intercepting a UFO in 2004.  They have no explanation for what it was, and supposedly along the way they’ve recovered materials from these crafts that have “amazing properties”.  You can read about it here.  UFOs?

I’m gonna be honest with you.  I think this is a big deal.  I’ve always kind of had one eye to the skies, wondering if we’re alone or not, but this is The Pentagon releasing this information.  This isn’t some quack making up stuff on the internet. Time will only tell what else gets revealed.

So, back to The Magi.  Could these astrologers have literally been from out of this world?  Could the star that guided them have been some ship, pointing the way?  Well…I can find you a couple dozen websites that say exactly that, but everyone of them sounds written by a crackpot.  Search for yourself if you want to go down that rabbit hole.

As for me, I have no answer to that question, but it raises the one I really want to ask:  Is Jesus the Savior of the Earth, or the Savior of the Universe?

You know?  Baby Jesus, who we’re in process of adoring — does he have “street cred” on a street in, say Alpha Centauri? I mean, there’s a whole lot of space out in…Space.  When we say Jesus is Lord of All, do we really mean ALL?  Or is he limited to Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Humans?

During the span of time when the texts of the Bible were written down, there was very little known about “Out There”.  Today, we know a lot more, but still with so much left to learn.  The notion of “Little Green Men” is still comical to us, although we continue to find planet after planet capable of supporting life.  It may only be a matter of time until intelligent life in other places becomes known to us.

When that happens, we may discover they know God through Jesus, or in an entirely different way.  Or not at all. Regardless, I’ll be ready to share the Joy of Christmas with anyone who has ears to hear about it.  (Or if they don’t have ears, I’ll use sign language or something.)

You know, if I’m willing to do that with Alpha Centaurians, shouldn’t I be willing to do that with fellow Earthlings?

You don’t have to be a Magi, or an alien, or a shepherd or an angel or a spacecraft, or a star, to be able to point the way to the manger, my Good Christian Friend.  It’s as simple as this:

When someone says “Take Me To Your Leader”…

Take em.

Merry Christmas,

Mitch

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God Speaks From Mars!

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It’s our first communication with people from another planet!

In crude, telegraphed messages, we ask them, “What’s your life span?”

They answer: “About 300 years.”

We learn that they have superior agriculture, and unlimited free energy.

We ask: “How did you keep from blowing each other up?”

And they answer with what sounds like a passage from…the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5-7)

What?!!!

Sound like a cheesy sci-fi movie premise from the 50’s, doesn’t it?  Well it is.

The movie is “Red Planet Mars,” from 1952, starring Peter Graves.  You can watch it on Netflix here, if you’re a subscriber, but be forewarned, it’s no Star Wars!

It’s a cold war propaganda piece that takes a sudden right turn into matters of faith.  And I kind of loved it.

Here are these unseen Martians quoting us passages from the Bible (King James version, I might add!)  The whole world is astounded and comes back to the church in droves.  The iron curtain is torn down.  Every last no good bum finds their way to God, and the world is saved!

Do you think it would really work like that?

If we picked up distant radio signals from another world, telling us to love our neighbor and abandon our sinful ways, do you think the world would change overnight?

Not very likely.

Why would the Good News, coming from so far away, be able to accomplish what the Good News struggled to accomplish when it walked right here among us?

Jesus delivered the message of all messages, about God’s love for us, and our need to love our neighbors and practice servanthood as clearly as has ever been stated.   The actual Sermon on the Mount is an unparalleled collection of words to live by.

The words are available in every church and book store and hotel room from here to the North Pole, but let’s face it, even die-hard Christians have trouble heeding them.  

I suppose a voice from the heavens would carry some outside authority, some confirmation that God really means business.  Maybe we’d all take this Jesus business more seriously. For a while.

But until each human receives and decodes God’s message in their own hearts,

The Good News threatens to remain,

Alien.

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Have a Good Week,

Mitch