"Where no man has gone before" was originally made popular through its use in the title of most episodes of the original Star Trek television series. Every Trekkie knows it well. I am no Trekkie but even I have heard it and used it. The phrase refers to the mission of the original starship Enterprise. The complete introductory sequence, narrated by well-known actor William Shatner at the beginning of most episodes of Star Trek, said it this way:
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
I was reminded of this phrase last week. It made me take notice again that truly following Jesus, especially in this new century, a century that is taking us to new civilizations and to the exploration of strange new ideas, is to "boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before." If we continue to live dull, bland lives that make an adventure out of missing the point we will end up missing out on what God intends for his people in the new global village that we call the post-modern world. I am just curious enough, and hopefully bold enough, to want to keep exploring what all this means, especially for a faithful church that dares to truly follow Jesus!