Every vocation has them: unethical or incompetent individuals who give their profession an undeserved bad name.
But has there been a time in recent memory when the police have been so vilified as they are today? It’s a wonder anyone these days would choose law enforcement for a career.
Granted, there are those wearing badges who are bullies or racists.
They’re the exceptions.
But the majority are public servants in the best sense, courageously willing to be placed in harm’s way, who would pull out their guns only as a last resort.
Think how stressful it must be for those whose duty it is to investigate domestic disturbances, drug trafficking, and other potentially volatile situations in our increasingly violent world.
And what must it be like for their spouses and loved ones?
A call for common sense
Imagine your community without law enforcement: no one to call when you desperately need protection from those who have absolutely no respect for law and order.
Recently I talked with an officer whose duty it is to handle fraud cases. It was obvious he genuinely cared about those who are scam victims.
Everyone should read what the apostle Paul wrote about our obligation to submit to governmental authorities. God has ordained government, he says, to keep order and to restrain wrongdoers. “Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God . . . .” (Romans 13:1-7).
We are to pray for “all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
In light of all the messiness, danger, and disrespect they must deal with on a daily basis, the police are definitely underpaid and underappreciated.
May the Lord watch over those who watch out for us!
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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