• John Whitehead

We Are the Borg

There seems to be an effort in our world today to strip people of the very thing that makes them who they are. Their individuality.

This appears to be happening at every turn. From group think to mask shaming, people are being ostracized and belittled for having differing views on the issues we are all facing. The voices of the group are loud and intent on shouting down anyone and everyone who would dare to disagree.

Their mantra is like a scene from Star Trek,” We are the Borg, resistance is futile”.

What makes this philosophy so insidious and pervasive is the requirement of obedience and assimilation. The process being used to carry this out is fear, shame, and intimidation.

The sinister nature is the creep with which it is being imposed. It is very subtle. It starts with the smallest and seemingly most insignificant requirements. These requirements are then couched as being for the betterment of all. This assertion then allows for the suggestion, if you do not agree, the only possible conclusion is you only care about yourself and no one else.

The irony is while being asserted as what is best for everyone. These demands fly in the face of everything that makes us who we are as people by eliminating the beauty of our differences. This is tragic, because our differences are what makes us unique and makes our lives worth living.

You see, the premise, “We are the Borg”, is truly is fictional. We are not supposed to be a part of an assimilation process. We are not designed to be like anyone else. We are our own person and that is what has led us to the freedom we all share as both Americans, and believers in Christ.


We do not look the same, we do not act the same and we do no think the same. This too is by design and is what makes us who we are.

Throughout history, people have either chosen to assimilate or resist. In each case there has been a cost when making that choice. Hebrews 11 tells us of the suffering and sacrifice people of faith went through rather than choosing assimilation and abandoning what they believed and knew to be true.

Our lives too are filled with choices and each one leads to a consequence. Choosing to make decisions and face the repercussions rather than conforming to the group is the only way we can slow the spread and remain free. The choice is ours.

“We are the Borg”! Or are we?


Hebrews 11:1-2, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.



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