By PASTOR KEVIN DANIELS

Hays Christian Church

Quick Take: Best. Trek. Ever. This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen -- Trek or otherwise. When the credits started to roll, I seriously considered staying for the next showing.

"Star Trek" allows us an insider's look at the origins of each of the characters we have loved in the epic Trek franchise. We begin to understand why each person acts and feels the way they do, and learn the hidden truths and motivating factors for their lives. Throughout this journey there are many nods to the Trek fans of old, and plenty of reasons for those unfamiliar with Trek to stick around for more.

I found the casting to be spot-on, the special effects to be phenomenal and the story to be engaging. And when I saw how director J. J. Abrams revealed the Enterprise for the first time, I couldn't help but sit in awe. Though this movie is great, there are a few cautions for parents that I will describe below, but this is a movie that you won't mind seeing with your older kids!

Pastor Kevin's

Family Friendly Review

Language: PG The language in this movie is very safe. There are about 14 instances of questionable word choices, only a couple of which are strong. God's name is used in vain in a few places, occasionally coupled with other words.

Sexuality: PG-13 There is a heavy sexual undertone during the first quarter of the movie. Young Jim Kirk is a womanizer seen kissing or fondling different women. In one scene he is in bed with a young woman clearly for the purpose of sex. They are both in their underwear and are kissing. The scene is fairly brief and can be seen partially in one of the trailers. There is also some passionate kissing between two crew members, but nothing develops from there.

There are numerous sexually charged jokes, mostly through innuendo, but some overtly so, including a brief mention of bestiality.

Nudity: PG-13 As stated above, Kirk and his lover are seen engaging in foreplay wearing only their underwear. When they are interrupted by the entrance of the girl's roommate, Kirk hides under the bed only to then watch the roommate disrobe to her underwear as well.

Violence: PG-13 The violence in this movie varies greatly from scene to scene. In the opening few moments, someone is run through with a spear. There is no blood, but it is intense. In a bar scene, there is a massive brawl and Kirk's face gets very bloody.

A torture scene includes a scorpion-type animal being placed into a man's mouth, which is said to attack the brain stem. Though they do not show the actual insertion, your imagination fills in the gaps as you hear the screams.

When Kirk is on a strange planet he is chased by very large and scary looking animals. The animals are alien, but they definitely get your heart racing. At one point, I was so startled I literally jumped in my seat.

As for other violence, it is typical Star Trek action -- lots of explosions and hits to the ship, and some hand-to-hand combat.

Alcohol/drugs: PG There is scene in a bar which shows people drinking, and later Kirk and McCoy drink alcohol from a flask.

Overt religious attacks: G There are no religious attacks but there is plenty of questionable morality to go around.

Overall Message: There are a number of themes that run through this film, including revenge, valuing emotions over logic, and discovering and living out your destiny.

"Star Trek" is largely based around Spock. Spock, as we know him, has always believed in logic above all else. When we see him as a young man, however, we learn that he is filled with much emotion. He is faced with a terrible situation and then chooses to live in such a way that logic trumps emotions.

Young Spock is not totally wrong in his assessment that emotions cloud judgment and cannot be solely relied on for good decision making. Think about the story of Job.

Job was tempted by Satan to refute God. All of his fortune, health and loved ones were taken away from him. He felt angry, hurt and betrayed. Yet instead of turning his back on God, which is what his friends told him to do, he remained faithful. Note that his choice to remain faithful didn't stop him from telling God he was angry. But if he had been listening only to his emotions, he would have abandoned his faith. Though his emotions were boiling over, the things he knew about God still held true.

Regardless of how we feel at a given time, we should not base our actions solely on feelings. God gave us emotions, but he also gave us logic, Scripture, the Holy Spirit, and godly men and women who can help us through life's tough choices. When you need to make a choice, make sure that you don't just go with whatever feels good; exclusively following our feelings can lead us down paths which will only deliver heartache and sorrow -- even if it feels good for a while.