Unifier of separated peoples

Ambassador Spock performs a mind meld on Captain Jean-Luc Picard on stardate 45245.8 (ST:TNG "Unification, Part II"). image: startrek.com
Ambassador Spock performs a mind meld on Captain Jean-Luc Picard on stardate 45245.8 (ST:TNG “Unification, Part II”). image: startrek.com

One tertiary similarity of Spock as a fictional Vulcan hero to Christ as a real Jewish hero, takes place in a fifth-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation,Unification.” Spock, now a Federation ambassador, travels to the planet Romulus to work underground to politically re-unify his people, the Vulcans, with their distant cousins, the Romulans. This is loosely reminiscent of the accomplishment of Christ’s sacrifice to unify the Jews and Gentiles after an thousands-year-old division, as explained by Apostle Paul:

(Ephesians 2:11-19) “Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands — remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”


United in a resurrection such as his

If Christ had not gone to the cross, we would be lost forever (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:13-14, I John 4:10). God promises a resurrection for all people, both to the righteous and to the unrighteous one unto eternal glorification, and the other unto eternal destruction (John 5:25-30, I Corinthians 15:51-58). Those who are found in Christ will be resurrected to everlasting life (John 11:25-26, Philippians 3:20-21).

Bringing Spock, a mortal being, back to life after such a dignifying end might have been weak storytelling, but this is exactly where our analogy breaks down. Regarding Christ, it is the opposite, because of who He is. Without the resurrection of Christ, Christianity is futile and devoid of glory, and we have no hope of eternal life (I Corinthians 15:12-19). As John Calvin observed, finitum non capax infinitum: “the finite cannot contain the infinite” the humanity of Christ could not contain his deity, and he rose again. The Lord’s resurrection truly is the glorious fixture and the sweetest part of God’s redemptive story.

Breaking through the agnostic Star Trek creator’s agenda to keep religion out of his story, the philosophy of Spock imperfectly demonstrated true selflessness and a depth of passion that reflects the perfect example of Christ’s singular passion:

(John 10:15, 15:12-13) “I lay down my life for the sheep … This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” \\//,


Further study

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83, The New York Times

Live Long and Prosper, for Tomorrow You Die, R.C. Sproul Jr.

I Am Spock, Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – Opening Theme, James Horner

One Holy Passion: 2002 Portland Conference, Ligonier Ministries

One Holy Passion, R.C. Sproul

The Truth of the Cross: 2014 Regional Conference, Ligonier Ministries

The Truth of the Cross, R.C. Sproul


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