The Enemy Within
- Spock: We have here an unusual opportunity to appraise the human mind, or to examine, in Earth terms, the roles of good and evil in a man– his negative side, which you call hostility, lust, violence, and his positive side, which Earth people express as compassion, love, tenderness.
- McCoy: Are you aware it’s the captain’s guts you’re analyzing?
- Spock: Yes, and what makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.
In this episode, we see Captian Kirk split into two beings. One containing the more gentle and good characteristics of humanity, the other containing as Spock mentioned, the more hostile savage-like qualities of humanity. As Christians, that side is the flesh and sinful qualities that we long to be severed from, much like Kirk was. In a way, this episode is romanticising the fallen man. The animal man, apart from God and yet still somehow driven by God’s morality as a means to control savage urges. Symbolically keeping the beast locked in a cage. But is it truly these hostile qualities that make us strong?
I don’t believe this is so. The bravest acts of mankind I have ever seen were driven by love. Granted, hate is a powerful motivator, but love has proven more lasting and powerful. More men and women are willing to be martyred for the sake of love and faith than for selfish hatred or retribution. I would say that it is our love that gives us courage, as well as possibly our passion for justice, or our compassion for others. When we accept Jesus into our soul we cut away the old self, the fallen man. Becoming new creations, no longer enslaved to sin. Can we choose to sin and fall away? Absolutely, but to do so without repentance would be to openly declare allegiance to the evil forces of this world. As new creations, we have the Holy Spirit who convicts us, guides us, and comforts us in the ways of righteousness. To choose the old self, would be to ignore His leanings and to put aside His convictions willingly. It is much like being given a great inheritance and then throwing it in the fire.
Therefore, we are all better off without our savage fleshly urges, they weren’t originally a part of us. We took that identity when we turned our faces from God and His design. We still may be tempted, and at times we may fail, but when our heart remains for the Lord and His righteousness, we will continue to rise from the ashes and take up our new identity as sons and daughters of God.
What do you believe?