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June 13, 2013

MAY: ‘Star Trek’


The theme of loyal friendship has long been a thread woven into the “Star Trek” tapestry. There may be no more moving tribute to the importance of loyalty than found in the scene portraying the death of Mr. Spock from the movie “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.” 

In order to save the entire crew of the Enterprise, Spock goes into a highly charged radiation chamber to fix malfunctioning equipment. As Spock lies on the floor of the chamber, Kirk comes to the glass wall and speaks to his dying friend. Spock assures Kirk that his death should not be one that causes grief, because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. Spock then looks up to Kirk’s eyes and whispers, “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”

Loyalty catches our attention because it is so rare today. Companies are not loyal to employees; employees leave a company in a heartbeat to pursue better opportunities. Entire communities are angered when athletes sign with another team. Zig Ziglar once said that “the foundation stones for balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

Loyalty is defined as being faithful or devoted to a person, group or cause. Loyalties may differ in strength or in duration. Real life tells us that some loyalties may be legitimate, while others may not. Do we have a loyalty that trumps all others? 

Rich Mullins, in his contemporary Christian song, “If I Stand,” penned the lyrics, “There’s a loyalty that’s deeper than mere sentiment; And a music higher than the songs that I can sing; Stuff of earth competes for the allegiance; I owe only to the Giver of all good things.” Today’s hero understands that when we are ultimately loyal to the Creator, the relationships with others and the priorities of this life will obediently fall into place.

Live long and prosper.

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