#BSG and #Religion: Water

This episode opens with Sharon “Boomer” Valerii dripping wet in an equipment room on the flight deck of the Galactica. As she starts to take off her flight suit and empty the contents of a duffel bag, she comes across a shocking discovery, an explosive device is also tucked away in the duffel bag. After changing into her duty uniform, she takes the detonator to a weapons locker, where she makes another shocking discover, 6 other detonators are missing. Now, we all know that Sharon is a Cylon (Number 8), but, at this point, she does not know. This split personality in Sharon, at least early on in the first season, illustrates an important theme in Protestant Christianity, more specifically in Lutheranism: simul iustus et peccator. That is we are at the same time saint and sinner. We too have a kind of split personality and there are time that we aren’t conscious to the fact that we are living in our sinful nature.

Elsewhere, other Galactica officers are getting ready for a visit from President Laura Roslin. In the process of getting ready, Lee “Apollo” Adama has a flashback to the incident involving the Olympic Carrier, a civilian ship that he and Starbuck destroyed in the episode ’33’.  Lee is having a hard time living with the fact that he, while acting on orders, fired on a civilian ship. Commander William Adama, in an effort to console his son, says,

A man takes responsibility for his actions, right or wrong, He accepts the consequences and lives with them…every day.

Commander Adama is correct in this respect, we do have to live with the consequences of or actions every day. That is, we have to live with the consequences of our sin. But, we are confident in the free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

While the Galactica is supplying a ship with water, the other explosives planted by Sharon explode and vent most of the Galactica’s water supply into space. The rest of the episode focuses on the search for water. And of course, Boomer finds the water that the fleet desperately needs, but not without some internal conflict with her Cylon programming. It’s the same with our sinful nature. Sometimes, we know the correct thing, but chose to do anything but the right thing. Sometimes, we struggle with our sinful nature, and, by the grace of God, are able to overcome it and do the right thing.


About Craig

I'm a former American Baptist turned Agnostic turned Lutheran. I have a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I write for Simul Iustus et Peccator and Unsettled Christianity. View all posts by Craig

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