The letter of Jude contains a warning about troublemakers who are trying to cause a division in the church by speaking poorly of church leaders and following after their own desires. I love the way Jude uses wandering stars to describe these troublemakers:
They are… “wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has been reserved forever.” -Jude 13b, NRSV
Stars are supposed to shine bright and help guide people to their destination. We have used stars for direction as long as we can remember. The Wise Men used a star to guide them to the baby Jesus. If stars are producing light, they attract people who study them and use them for guidance. Christians are very much like stars. If we shine the light of Jesus, others will see, study, and follow the light that we present to them.
But wandering stars have no true direction. Left to their present course, they will be consumed by eternal darkness. A wandering star is not only a danger to itself, but to others as well, because it will lead people who follow into darkness with it. It is important that people follow the right stars, and not a star that is wandering from the truth.
May God grant that my light shine true and straight, and protect me from the wiles of wandering stars!