The Husnock. If you’re a Trekkie, you know what, or more appropriately who, this refers to...bear with me if you’re not aware (I won’t hold it against you that Star Trek is not in your world). If you haven’t seen the episode I’m referring to, SPOILER ALERT ahead.
The Husnock was a race that was extremely aggressive. As they would normally conquer other worlds in order to expand their interests, they chose a new target, a planet of colonists, and began to destroy anyone who defied them. Little did they know, the planet they chose to attack this time was home to a being of immense power.
This being had been living in human form, with his wife, for years. He was a nonviolent entity and lived out his life as a human without anyone knowing who, or what, he was- not even his human wife. When the Husnock arrived, he tried to reason with them. He tried everything he could to deal with the warrior race in a peaceful way.
When none of this worked, even his wife chose to join the inhabitants and fight the Husnock to save their planet, and their lives. They were annihilated. All but the being who appeared human were killed. He was devastated.
Being a supernatural being with powers that a mortal could not fathom, he seemed to understand the responsibility he had to conduct himself with a morality and self control that maintained a kind of order and peace in the universe. A being with this kind of power could literally change the universe itself. Even he, however, was unprepared for the effect of losing his wife when he knew he could have stopped it all from happening. Dealing with a force like the husnock, seemingly purely evil, had affected even a being of his stature.
As he ultimately confesses, in a moment of rage over the loss of his beloved wife, he destroyed the Husnock. He had broken his vow of nonviolence. While the crew of the Enterprise, who were investigating he deaths of the colonists, were shocked, they could understand why he might destroy an attacking force. It was, afterall, self defense, and perhaps defense of future victims of the ship. Seeing that they didn’t understand what he was saying, nor his true power, the being told them that he hadn’t just destroyed the attacking Husnock ship, he had, with a single thought, destroyed ALL Husnock, EVERYWHERE.
I’m sure you’re wondering how this could possibly relate to a Christian sermon. Wonder is good. Wonder opens us up to God.
Especially in our time, when news and social media hits us with a force like never before, we can be divided for so many different reasons- race, politics, religion, money, borders etc. We can objectify whatever ‘other side’ of the moment is, make them the enemy, fight them with all our might. Perhaps they are even as evil as the Husnock and we are literally forced to fight for our lives. I’m not going to go down the road of which battle is righteous, which could be avoided, or all the various details of why we might be divided. I’m more interested in what happens after the Husnock are defeated and gone. Dealing with all the various Husnock in our own daily lives will show us an extremely important lesson.
Let’s use some examples in our everyday experience to illustrate the illusion that a force like the Husnock fools us with. Assume, for a moment, that several opposing forces in the world were suddenly able to separate and have the worlds they had always dreamed of- in a way, they were able to get rid of their own Husnock. I will list some off randomly as examples- communists and capitalists had their own separate worlds, black and white people had their own worlds, Christian and Muslim, Republican and Democrat...whatever opposing groups you can think of, they all can have their own dedicated worlds, totally unified.
Do you think this would lead to a perfect world? Or would these supposedly unified, ideal worlds just find a new division to focus on? It doesn’t matter what division you choose to solve, whatever world you then create will find another issue to divide them again. A world filled only with communists would find a way to fight about what kind of communism and all the myriad details of that system. The same with capitalism. What about a world with only black people, or white people. Do you really think discrimination would end or would it just change into being based on something new? Maybe all the blue eyed white people would try to destroy all the green eyed white people. Maybe black people with dreadlocks would discriminate against short haired black people.
The point is that discrimination, division, hate, opposition exist because we are creators of these things. There are ALWAYS Husnock, even after we’ve destroyed the latest Husnock to appear. Why? The things that we think exist in the world, originate in our hearts and minds. It is through God’s grace that these things disappear, not our supposed wisdom in deciding which battles are worth fighting and assuming we know what will happen afterward.
Consider this verse-
Matthew 6:33 New International Version (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
When you seek God, rather than your own opinion and understanding that lead to endless division and ignorance, all the things you originally wanted to understand, to solve, will be added afterward- but you must seek God first. This verse is warning you that you can spend your life chasing all manner of intellectual mysteries, worldly curiosities, desires, destruction of whatever your current Husnock might be, but it will never end, never truly satisfy you, and your suffering and anxiety will never leave you.
If, however, you put God first, His grace will provide the rest. Grace will carry you across the chasm that your intellect, your constant striving, cannot cross. This will seem as a great mystery at first, and that is just part of the journey. It requires faith and perseverance, for you to “effort” without actually knowing the details of what will come next.
So, when you’re feeling overwhelmed with the divisions of the world, racism, war, politics, whatever it might be, and you’re tempted to rely on your own understanding, to let the fight define who you are, take a moment and imagine if you won all the fights, if you were right on every disagreement. Remember that there would not be some magical place waiting after that fight was over, but just another fight waiting. It will never end.
Once you can see that, and see it consistently, a peace will come over you. You will see the need to go inward, to seek God’s wisdom rather than that of the world. If you have faith, and you persevere through the feeling of not knowing, Grace will transform your experience in a way words here could never describe.