I wanted to try my hand at writing a devotional based on episodes of Star Trek. I am a Trekkie, and I feel there is a lot that we can learn from the various episodes. That I’ll have to watch more Star Trek in preparation for these devotionals is just a happy coincidence. My first devotional is based on the first episode (double episode) of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Encounter at Farpoint.
MANDARIN-BAILIFF (refers to his portable viewscreen): Before this gracious court now appear these humans to answer for the multiple and grievous savageries of their species.
Judge’s “bench” swings “Q” (JUDGE) in literally nose-to-nose with Picard.
“Q” (JUDGE): How plead you, criminal?
DATA: If I may, Captain….(gets a nod) Objection, your honor. In the year 2016, the new United Nations declared that no Earth citizen could be made to answer for the crimes of their race or forbearers.
In Encounter at Farpoint, we are introduced to “Q” – a very powerful being who comes to bring the Enterprise crew to call for the actions of all humans. He points to the fact that over the course of history, humans have been unnecessarily savage, and that we have shown no evidence of progress. As such, he demands that the Enterprise crew return to Earth and live out their lives there.
Picard interrupts Q’s diatribe, stating that
The most dangerous ‘same old story’ is the one we’re meeting now! Those who go on misinformation, half-information, self-righteous life forms who are eager not to learn but to prosecute, to judge anything they don’t understand or can’t tolerate.
Q takes this as an opportunity to judge and prosecute four of the bridge team for all of humanities atrocities. When presented with the charges, Data responds that in the year 2016 (not all that far away now), the United Nations declared that
no Earth citizen could be made to answer for the crimes of their race or forbearers.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:3 (NIV)
While the United Nations of the Star Trek universe may have said that no Earth Citizen could answer for crimes of their race, Jesus Christ had already died for all of our sins, and that is of “first importance” as Paul puts is. Christ, a “dual citizen” of Heaven and Earth, allowed himself to be crucified so that all those that came before him, and all those who came after him, would have their sins forgiven if they believed in him. By doing this, he invited us to become a child of God, a citizen of heaven, and allow us to live there when our time on earth is up.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the sacrifice that you made so that our sins may be forgiven. Encourage us to live according to your word, so that we can fully embrace your incredible love. In this we pray, Amen.