A fleeting fascination with Harry Potter and an appreciation for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are about the extent of my interest in science fiction, which makes me wonder why this puzzling thought is rattling around in my mind lately. If an alien reporter was dispatched to earth for a few days with an assignment to write a brief description of life here, as it appeared to him, what do you suppose he would see? How do you think we would be described…physically, mentally, and spiritually?
As far as appearance is concerned, I can safely say that very little shocks or surprises me any more. Recently we took a trip to an entertainment park and I can think of no other place that the reporter could have gotten a better random look at people of every age, race, or circumstance. Some we saw in the park were healthy and robust specimens, many were overweight, while others were skinny and sickly. We saw hair as colorful as the flowers, and lines and drawings on the arms and legs of many of the people. All ages were represented from the very old and frail, being pushed in wheelchairs, to newborns sleeping in strollers. There were those in the crowd who were considerate and polite, and others who pushed, shoved, and used abusive language. I am at a total loss as how to describe the way people were dressed – from meticulous to scandalous. How can I explain the number walking around with devices pressed to their heads or with an antenna of some type attached to their ear? It frightens me to imagine how we would be portrayed.
I am sure it would be obvious at once to any alien that we are mental giants. One look around at the technology that we have developed would prove that. However, what would our politics, our wars, our many prisons and rehabilitation centers, and our large number of unsolved social problems say about our intellect and mentality?
Describing us from a spiritual viewpoint could be the most difficult part of all for an alien. While we all call ourselves “believers” we cannot even agree on what to believe. Recently I came upon a debate of interest on the internet between two people concerning a current moral issue now in the news. One of the writers quoted a scripture from the Bible in defense of her argument, and the other flatly discredited the Bible as not being authentic. Following this, there were pages and pages of comments added by other readers stating their strong feelings about God and the Bible one way or the other. Considering my own personal convictions, I was sick at heart after reading those comments and realizing that more of the writers agreed with the doubter than those who defended God and the divine authority of the Bible. I was shocked at the number of people who claimed no faith at all. What would that stranger to our planet assume from reading our books, watching our television shows and movies, or listening to the lyrics of our popular music? He might be confused when he observed that we associated our Savior’s birth with flying reindeer and His death with colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. Even though I refuse to believe that doubters are in the majority, but everything considered, an alien might get that impression.
Actually, I am not concerned at all about what an alien might see or think about us, but I know for sure that there is One among us who does see us as we really are, and who is keeping records. I know too, that He did not leave us on our own to learn everything the hard way, but gave us the Bible to reveal the truth of His gospel. That instruction book was given for insuring our well-being, our happiness, our triumph, and our salvation.
I wonder how God would describe us from His view.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.