Is The ‘Master’ Alien To Us?


Imagine a ship is suspended in Outer Space close enough for Aliens to view us, but far enough away so that they cannot be detected by man. They have done some preliminary studies of our planet and its species. On this, their first “visual” contact, they have focused their telescope on Central Park, New York. The image is a bit fuzzy but they can now see creatures moving about in the park. They watch for awhile then leave to give a report to their superiors. Their report, in part, reads:

“Perhaps we have miscalculated our assessments of the species that walks on two legs. We have thought that this species was the master of all the other creatures, but perhaps we are wrong. The two legged ones appear to be serving a four legged creature. This four legged creature is much smaller, but somehow seems to be able to control the two legged ones. Four-legs appears to lead the two legged ones by a rope; often pulling them. We suppose it is to keep them from breaking loose from their control. Sometimes it appears the two legged ones are being dragged against their will. And although the four legged is smaller, it has sharp projections coming out of their mouths that seem to scare the two legged into subjection. The four leggers seem to enjoy humiliating the two-leggers, by defecating on the ground wherever they please, while two-legs is following behind with some sort of container, or bag, and is made to pick up the excrement and carry it about. At other times we observed that four-legs appeared to want to leave two-legs behind so they would run off with no regard to two-legs. Sometimes we would observe a two-leg crying as they had been left behind and couldn’t find a four-leg. We believe that we need to reassess our initial findings. From our observation we would like to recommend that we switch the position of the Twolegs with the Fourlegs. It is clear to us that Fourlegs is the master and Twolegs is the servant.”

Sometimes as we go through life we inadvertently allow others, or things, or ideals to become masters over us. In a sense we become servants to them. Often without even knowing it! The objective observations of the Aliens who viewed the interaction of humans and their dogs stands as a reminder that things can get out of proportion if we are not careful. If we are not watchful, we might slowly become servants to unworthy ‘masters.’ For some of us, it is the earth itself who becomes the master. Nature is our God, not the Creator of it! Still others of us worship animals. We are willing to die for the cause of the “whale,” but feel no remorse in aborting a human life. Some of us even become servants to our own bodies. We worship it by overindulging our time and energy in making it “beautiful” and keeping it fit. While this might seem to be in line with treating our body like a temple, it is not healthy spiritually when it is taken to excess. It is just another form of worshiping the handiwork of God, but not God himself. For many, our master is the riches of the world. We all need to provide for our families and ourselves and this is honorable. But when our sole pursuit in life is to, not only “keep up with the Jones”, but to be the Jones, than becoming the Jones is our master. There are, of course, many “masters” of which we can serve. The Lord said:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
“Mammon” can be defined as “worldliness” and “worldliness” can take on all sorts of shapes and sizes. Let us examine our lives and make sure we have not inadvertently become servants to masters, when it should be the other way around. We should have only one “Master”, and that is the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. When he was asked what good thing one should do to gain eternal life, he responded, “keep the commandments”. (Matthew 19:16)

Let us be watchful in how we live our lives, lest we find that the “leash” we have tethered to someone or something isn’t slowly dragging us away from the ‘master.’

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