How Would a Klingon Worship Jesus?

Yes, yes, Klingons are a fictional species. However, I would argue that Christians could learn a thing or two about what it really means to worship God from a character like Worf or his son, Alexander. How would a Klingon respond to Paul’s words, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1 NIV)? Would they think God was demanding too much of them? Heavens, no! How would a Klingon respond to Jesus’ words, “Whoever tries to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve and quicken it.” (Luke 17:33 AMP)? Would they send a true Klingon running to the hills? I can just imagine Worf’s response, “Only a Klingon with dishonor would runaway from death. After all, today is a good day to die!” Klingons glory in honorable combat.Therefore, I believe that if a Klingon became a Christian, and yes there is a Klingon Language Bible http://www.tc.umn.edu/~joela/mrk/klv/, he or she would heartily embrace worship as a form of spiritual warfare and would totally get into a worship song like BJ Putnam’s “Glorious.” Take a look and you’ll see what I mean. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay5gtHrY6oU

I believe that death to self as described by Jesus in Luke 17:33 is an essential part of worship. Sometimes the fear of what others might think can hinder a person from worshiping God “with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV).  We might find ourselves bombarded the enemy’s lies of self-consciousness like, “Am I too loud? Am I off key? I can’t raise my hands; someone might look at me!” A true Klingon would be more concerned about honoring God and doing what He requires than what other people might think. So he or she would worship with a gusto, singing, shouting, clapping and even dancing as the Spirit leads. Now it should be said that since Klingons are very concerned about honor, I believe a true Klingon would worship God with that a passion that would be tempered with a concern that all the honor, glory and attention would go to God  and they would not seek to make a show of him or herself, either. In the end, worship is about loving Him because “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8 TLB). I suspect that it would not take long for a Christian Klingon to conclude that if Jesus was willing to die in front of everyone out of love and obedience to His Father, is it too much for God to ask the same of we believers? So, next time you’re going to church and you’re nervous about appearing foolish, just remember, today is a good day to die, for Jesus that is.

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6 thoughts on “How Would a Klingon Worship Jesus?

  1. Interesting article, but I think you are completely wrong in your interpretation of this fictional culture.

    Klingon spirituality, morality, and approach to death has been explored a lot. They are a Dionysian warrior aristocracy that embrace life in its immediacy. For Klingons death is not a sacrifice, they are willing to give their lives because they see creating and destroying yourself for greatness as a goal in itself. Honor is personal and the only moral affirmation. In their myth, the Klingons destroyed the gods simple to affirm their own power. An exterior god is an affront to Klingon honor.

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    1. Someone else pointed this out to me and it’s a good point. So thank you for the opportunity to address this. There are people in our society who have converted to Christianity from a belief system similar to that of the Klingons. Such converts carry their passion and intensity into their lives as Christians, a fearless quality in which they are not afraid of dying to themselves.

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