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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)

TITLE: Lesson From ... a Klingon?!
By Helen Curtis


Do you ever have moments when you wish you could escape your own company, you know those times when you just drive yourself crazy?

The reason I ask is I saw an episode of Star Trek the other day that caught my attention. Now, anyone who is familiar with Star Trek: Voyager would know the half human/half Klingon character B'Elanna Torres. She is one of the strongest members of the Voyager crew, always confident and excelling at all she puts her hand or mind to, however she is also one of the most tormented-of-mind. Her internal struggle is a direct result of her human/Klingon heritage; the traits inherited from her human father - reasoning, restraint and consideration for others – are constantly at odds with those of her Klingon parentage - irrationality, spontaneity and egotism.

In this particular episode B’Elanna is captured by an alien Doctor and has the Klingon DNA removed from her body, which is then used to create a second, fully Klingon B’Elanna. The two are the purest form of their DNAs characteristics, so you can imagine the tension when the two meet face to face, separate entities for the first time.
B’Elanna the human is cowardly, unable to make decisions and weak; B’Elanna the Klingon is ready to fight the Doctor’s lackeys, even if she dies in the attempt to flee. The two cannot agree on which plan to follow, logic or brawn, and argue from the first time they meet. Their disdain for the other is evident, even though they are in fact, one and the same person.

This reminded me of the battle that rages within each person who accepts Christ as their saviour. Suddenly we have the DNA of the old self being pushed aside for the DNA of the new creation. And it’s not always pretty! The old self is programmed to do everything the new self is not, and vice versa. The old self is egocentric, attracted to things not of God and repelled by things that are of him; the new self is the absolute opposite. This can lead to some pretty volatile internal disagreements, and it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that the ‘new me’ can overcome the old. Sometimes, more often than I’d like to admit, my old self wins. But that’s okay, there’s grace aplenty for those moments, and it’s in these times that we learn more about ourselves and the character of God than ever.

For the record, human B’Elanna cannot survive without her Klingon DNA. Similarly, we’ll never be rid of our old selves, well not this side of eternity at least, but rather than resenting our old selves, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to mediate between the two, that God would be given glory wherever we go.


That’s Klingon for goodbye.

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annie keys01/26/12
This is SO fun! As a personal fan of Star Trek, though not to the extent of calling myself a 'Trekkie', I enjoyed this story a LOT.

Great analogy---good connection and certainly on point for the writing cue. Good job!
C D Swanson 01/27/12
Very clever entry, and a fresh way of presenting the topic. Nicely done.
God bless~
Sandra Petersen 01/29/12
Star Trek: Voyager was one of my favorite shows when it came out. B'Elanna wasn't the first to have that duality of heritage. Spock in the original series was half human/half Vulcan but they didn't develop the internal conflict as much.

Excellent parallel to our own old/new natures in Christ. I've also heard it described as the "white dog/black dog" analogy where you must decide which dog to feed.

I would have liked to see an applicable Bible verse attached to the beginning or end for further contemplation.

This is certainly a devotional which requires action or at the very least serious meditation. Nice job at making us think!
Allison Egley 01/29/12
Hehe this is a great comparison. Very creative!
Leola Ogle 01/29/12
Very creative take on the topic and nicely written. I can't say I am a Star Trek fan, which is ironic since I never missed a segment of the original television series. Great analogy though, and excellent writing. God bless!
Hiram Claudio01/30/12
I too chime in as a Star Trek fan (of the entire franchise ... each and every episode of each and every series). I remembered the episode as I read this and thought the comparison was spot on. I agree that a Bible verse would have tied it altogether (as a devotional) well.

Nice job!
Theresa Santy 01/30/12
Fantastic analogy, and a great application of this week's theme!
Jan Chapman01/30/12
Oh girl, I am definitely not a Star Trek fan. Then again, after reading your article I find I might be and just didn't realize it. Enjoyed the story and the analogy was very, very good.
Danielle King 01/31/12
Well who would have thought of using a Klingon analogy! This is unique and although I never watched Star Trek, I was intrigued by your clever take on the topic. Well Done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/31/12
You have developed an excellent analogy in your story.
annie keys02/02/12
Well Done! I LOVED this story!
Hiram Claudio02/02/12
Great work ... congrats on the 3rd place finish!
C D Swanson 02/02/12
Congratulations on your ribbon! Nice job - and well deserved. God Bless~
Marlin Prentice02/05/12
Enjoyed your article very much. It was a great analogy and a great reminder of our battle with this old flesh and a wonderfully encouraging conclusion to the whole matter!