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Surrender Brings Freedom

Giving up Star Trek so I could enjoy it again

In my thirty-eight years as a Christ follower, I have had multiple experiences when I felt that God was giving me “extraordinary directions”. I believe God can, and still, moves in ways that go beyond our understanding. I’ve received instruction and insight through various means – most often through His Word – but also through dreams, visions, words of knowledge, and prophetic utterances spoken by others.

But... I’m not going to share any of those stories! (This time.) Instead, I want to tell you about a time when I felt that quiet inner voice during prayer – and it rocked my world.

The year: 1998. I was happily homeschooling my four children, my husband had a good job, and we attended a vibrant and loving church. I’d been a Christian for a long time already, and thought I had surrendered everything to God. I loved Jesus and life was good. I was praying in my bedroom one day, when I ‘heard’ that still small voice inside my head.

“How much do you love me?”

“You know I love you, Lord! I’d do anything for you!”



“Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me…”

“I know that, Lord! I don’t believe in any other gods. You know that!”

“But how much do you love Me? Are you willing to give up _________?”

This is the point where I stopped. I was stunned into shock. A horrible feeling crept over me, because I knew… That thing had become an idol in my life. I knew as clearly as if I had heard an audible voice that God was asking me to give it up – and I didn’t want to!

Now, I’m sure you have all kinds of pictures in your mind about my secret sin. In fact, I don’t believe it’s a sin at all, but the fact that I had made it into an IDOL was the sin. What am I talking about?


Okay, let me back up, here! I am NOT saying Science Fiction, or in particular, Star Trek, is evil. But you need to understand the context. 

I was a Trekkie from WAY back. I mean, when other teenage girls had posters of pop stars on their walls, I had Leonard Nimoy. (The actor who played Spock, for those who don’t know.) I watched the show religiously for years, finally completing my collection of recorded VHS tapes of both the original series and The Next Generation by the mid-90s. We’re talking close to 300 episodes. That’s a lot of recording and watching and documenting to make sure I didn’t have duplicates! (Obviously, this was before you could buy them or watch them on netflix!) I had all kinds of memorabilia, books, figurines, every movie… I’d even indoctrinated my children. Each one of us had a ‘character’ that we ‘played’ at meal times, in the car, or what not, and we had the action figures to boot.

This was like asking me to break up with my one true love. Like taking my life’s work and erasing it. It was like losing a loved one, which in fact it was, because for me, I LOVED Star Trek! It had become an idol. 

This next part might sound ridiculous, but I think it gives you a glimpse at the gravity of what God was asking me to do. I went into what I can only describe now as a state of deep ‘mourning’. I literally cried for DAYS. I could hardly get out of bed as I wrestled with what God was asking me to do. I was like an addict, coming down from heroine. It is the closest I’ve ever come to choosing NOT to follow Jesus! That’s how serious it was.

Finally, several days later, I surrendered. With the help of my wonderfully supportive husband and some friends, we gathered everything Star Trek together and had a huge bonfire. My kids watched their action figures burn! 

And… I experienced a FREEDOM like I had never experienced before. I knew whatever God asked of me from that point on, I could face it. 

I am sure that for some of you, this must sound like a very shallow story, but it had a profound and lasting impact on my life. That day is the day I learned to truly surrender to God.

It took about ten years before I allowed myself any exposure to Star Trek again. It was an addiction, of sorts, and watching would be like waving a bottle of wine in front of an alcoholic. Then, a new movie came out in 2009. (You know the one –  starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, and Zachary Quinto as Spock.) I decided I wanted to watch it. It was like a re-union, and it was a great relief to know that I could enjoy the movie without falling back into my obsession. Since then, I have been able to re-enjoy watching all the old shows and movies. My love for Star Trek was restored, but in a new context – without the unhealthy idolatry. 

Here are some photos of me taken at Vulcan, AB, last summer, where I finally visited for the first time with a couple of my siblings and a cousin. We had tons of fun. 

My brother and I in front of the starship Enterprise. We watched many an episode together as kids.
Leonard Nimoy’s handprint in the famous Vulcan greeting: “Live long and prosper.”

Sometimes God gives us surprising directions, but each and every time, it is for our benefit. I look back at this experience with such gratitude and know that it was a stepping stone for further growth in Him. 

This article was first published on Inscribe Writers Online, July 21, 2020.


  1. Thanks, Tracy. Although I’m not a Trekky, some people in my life are addicted to super heroes and I’ve wondered to what extent their addiction might take them away from their faith. I’m glad it all worked out for you. I thought you were going to say God had asked you to stop writing! Terrible thought. ew…

    1. tracykrauss says:

      I think we have to be careful and not judge someone else’s experiences. There is a difference between a hobby and just being a fan, and getting obsessed to the point of idolatry. On the other hand, sometimes that is a fine line. Each person has to examine his or her own heart. Thanks for commenting!

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