Happy Anniversary to TV’s First Inter-Racial Kiss

“On this day, November 22, 1968, television’s first inter-racial kiss appeared on Star Trek and opened the door to racial equality for generations.

In the Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren” the crew is forced to do the bidding of “gods” who force Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) to kiss.

One critic said, “The underlying message was, ‘If I have to kiss you to save my ship and crew, by God, I’ll do it.'”

The moment was so ground-breaking the studio shot two versions of the scene: One with them kissing and one without in case they changed their mind.

In her autobiography, Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories, Nichols says she got a letter from a White Southerner who said: “I am totally opposed to the mixing of the races. However, any time a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a beautiful dame in his arms that looks like Uhura, he ain’t gonna fight it.

Happy Anniversary Kirk and Uhura’s kiss, thanks for opening the door to racial equality. I speak for many when I say I wouldn’t mind trading places with you.”

Credit to http://www.thegeektwins.com/2011/11/happy-anniversary-ground-breaking-kirk.html#.VG_xtYvF-0U

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Illogical Desires

I’ve noticed lately that I’ve come down with a case of the “wants.” There’s always something that I want and I’m not satisfied until I get it (clothes, movies, Star Trek collectibles, etc.). Sometimes I’ll waste hours of my time scavenging the internet for the best deals. I’ve been filling my life with meaningless stuff, rather than what that truly matters. The Lord has convicted me about this area of my life. Last Sunday, He showed me this verse,

“On that Day the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up. Since everything is going to be destroyed like this, what kind of people should you be?” – 2 Peter 2:10-11 (CJB)

As followers of Jesus we are called to live like Jesus, and Jesus always lived with eternity in mind. That doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to have nice things, but knowing that those nice things are just going to burn up eventually, they should never be the focus of our life. Our focus should be on Jesus Christ and His kingdom, the one thing that will last forever.

In Star Trek: The Original Series (S2, E1), Amok Time, Spock said to a younger, less experienced Vulcan, “After a time you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”

Have you ever noticed how once you get something you’ve wanted for a long time, pretty soon after, you want something else? And then after that you want another thing, and another thing, and you’re never truly satisfied? Like what Spock said, it seems like getting what you want should make you happy but, oddly enough, it doesn’t.

With all that in mind I am challenged to repent of my materialism and put God first in my life. He has promised to care for our needs and help us when we choose to seek His kingdom, rather than worldly desires (Matt. 6:33). I want to chase after something that isn’t going to leave me empty and hungry for more. I want to invest in a kingdom that will never end. I want to give my life for the Man who gave His life for me.

Live Long and Prosper,

Trula

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How Star Trek Helped Me Share My Faith

Today I went to the Canton Trade Days, which is basically a Texas-sized garage sale… or more like a festival of junk. Because it is the day after Halloween, I figured it would still be socially acceptable to wear my Star Trek shirt, black pants, and black boots. I was walking along with my friends when suddenly I heard a man yell, “Live long and prosper!” I spun around to see who the voice was coming from. I saw an older man with a big grin on his face, making the sign of the Vulcan salute. I, being a true Trekkie, saluted back and yelled, “Live long and prosper!” He then asked me if I knew where the Vulcan salute originated from. I proudly chimed off, “Yes, I do! It represents the Hebrew letter ‘shin’, which stands for the name of God, El Shaddai.” “Very good,” he responded. “I am a Star Trek fan and I am Jewish.”

Because I have an interest in both Star Trek and Judaism, I was able to quickly and effortlessly strike up a conversation with him, which opened the door for me to share the Gospel! I was able to talk with him about how Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled all Messianic prophecies and He paid the price for our sins.

How cool is it that I got to share the Gospel with someone, all because I wore my Star Trek shirt? This really encourages me to not just use big outreach events or mission trips to share the faith, but to use every area of my life, even the seemingly unimportant, to bring the message of salvation to all mankind.

I hope this encourages you as you also seek to share your faith in Jesus!

Live long and prosper,

Trula

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“I am a Vulcan”

Last night I watched Star Trek: The Original Series “Operation: Annihilate!” (Season 1, Episode 29). Spock was attacked by an unknown single celled organism that attached its stingers to the victims spine, resulting in intense pain and eventually mind control. Because Spock is a Vulcan, he maintained the notion that “pain is a thing of the mind; The mind can be controlled.” Laying in sickbay, he said to himself, “I am a Vulcan. There is no pain.” Soon he was able to control the pain, rather than it controlling him.

Tomorrow I am going on an evangelism outreach at the Texas State Fair to share my faith with others. I know that though I am eager to be a witness for Christ, I will eventually be tempted by the enemy to give into fear. I thought about Spock and how he chose to bring the pain under his control, rather than allowing the pain to control him. And how did he do that? He declared who he was and refused to give in.

As children of God, fear is not a realistic factor to be given into. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:17, NKJV)

Fear is a deception from the enemy, no matter how real it may feel to us. Being who we are in Christ, fear is not something that we should ever give into or base decisions off of. Fear can only control as much of us as we allow it to.

Just like how Spock declared who he was and brought the pain under his control, so can we declare who we are in Christ and bring fear under control by the Power of the Holy Spirit.

So here’s my experiment: Tomorrow I am going to the Texas State Fair to share my faith with complete strangers! When feelings of fear creep up, instead of giving into them, I am going to repeat to myself who I am in Christ and rebuke fearful thinking in Jesus’ name. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Live long and prosper,

Trula

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Why Star Trek Inspires Me

For starters, my name is Trula and I’m 22 years old. Yes, I am a Star Trek fan-girl. At the risk of sounding like a real Trekkie, the stories and characters of Star Trek inspire me. They inspire me to live for something bigger than myself and to go forward boldly, even if things may be scary or I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Star Trek inspires me to not be afraid of taking chances. And ya know what, I have every reason to believe all that.

You see, I am not just a Star Trek fan. I am firstly a follower of Jesus Christ. I believe fully in the sovereignty and love of God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and all those unexplored galaxies.

I like how in Star Trek, Captain Kirk isn’t afraid to take a chance even if the odds are against him. Though he may have no idea what the outcome of his decision will be, he goes forward anyway.

Knowing that I have a God that sees outside of time and space and tenderly cares for all the details of my life, why should I be afraid? Why should I fear stepping out in faith, even into the unknown? God holds every thing together. That includes all the scary decisions we have to make, all the hard times we’ll face, and all the times we’ll have to start over.

In a roundabout way, the Christian life is a lot like a Star Trek episode: Full of adventure, unknown paths ahead of us, battles against evil forces and temptations, seeking out a world that is better than our own, and living for something that’s beyond ourselves. I guess that’s why Star Trek inspires me!

Live long and prosper,

Trula

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