PICARD: You’re right, Data. It does sound like a joke. With the power of the Enterprise, we could overwhelm this place easily. Take what we want.
DATA: I may not understand human humor, sir, but I am a Starfleet Academy graduate.
PICARD: Which means, of course…
DATA: … understanding the Prime Directive, sir.
PICARD: Which is, unfortunately, what this is about. By our standards, the customs here and code of honor are the same kind of pompous, strutting charades that endangered our own species a few centuries ago. We evolved out of it because no one else imposed their own… (stops; shakes head ruefully) Sorry, that became a speech.
In Code of Honor, the Enterprise crew visit a planet to open trade negotiations to obtain a vaccine. When the leader of that world, Lutan, abducts security chief, Lt. Tasha Yar, and his wife challenges Yar to a fight to the death, Captain Picard orders Data and Geordi La Forge to analyse the weapons with the aim of evaluating their use in a battle to the death between Yar and Lutan’s wife.
While the Enterprise is far superior in weaponry and could very much blast its way through and take what it needs, the Federation’s “Prime Directive” forbids that they use their advanced technology or strength over a less advanced civilisation, even to save their own lives.
Picard admits that while their standards, customs and code of honour are ones that the 24th century Earth has evolved out of, it was because no-one imposed their own values and standards. The Prime Directive allows each civilisation to develop at their own rate.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Great Commission calls all disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. However, while we should be aiming to make disciples all over the world, we must always be careful to make sure that we meet people where they are at, and work with them so that they improve themselves. Slowly, through our own life examples, we will bring people to Christ.
Here, we should take a page out of the Prime Directive. We should ensure that we do not use our faith to force other people to change their values. We should always lead by example, and help others improve and come to Christ in their own way, so that it’s not forced belief, but a desire to worship God.
Prayer: Lord, you call us to go and make disciples of all peoples. Encourage us to live as an example to others, to help them where they are, and to not be pushy about it. May our lives be a glorious prayer to you that displays your glory. Amen.