For the purpose of this post, I am going to refrain from sharing my thoughts on the officer’s careless and reckless behavior (or lack thereof) concerning the recent school shooting in Parkland Florida . . . let’s put that aside for a moment.
Having said that, I think there are way too many people who have a lack of respect for those in uniform, whether it’s the media, Hollywood, athletes, etc., the disdain towards law enforcement is sickening.
Actors are among the most obnoxious, I think: they get paid millions of dollars, win Academy Awards, give speeches that incite insurrection, thank God for their accomplishments, and politicize issues they know nothing about, nor can they relate to; it makes no sense to me. Thank God for Tim Allen, Denzel Washington, and Stephen Baldwin, at least there are some who get it (I know there are a few others).
If we are Bible believing, God-fearing Christians, we need to respect and appreciate law enforcement; not condemn it. Government is a God-ordained institution, used by God to restrain evil in society. We should respect and obey this institution; it is a disgrace not to. Acts of insurrection and violence are not only unlawful, they are sins against God Himself. Conversely, if we choose to respect this institution and obey the law, this is considered an act of worship. This should be the goal of every believer.
It’s no surprise that, today, cops carry guns. In Jesus’ day the authorities carried swords, but I’m sure they would have carried guns, too, if that were a thing back then. Moreover, I would argue that Jesus also affirmed the death penalty! Notice what He told Peter: “If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). You see, God has allowed government to punish evil in society; if you don’t want the government to kill you, you might not want to be killing other people.
The Bible calls people in authority ministers; if you work in law enforcement, you are a minister of God, so God bless you! Why have we gotten so far away from properly exalting law enforcement? Because police are bad? Because of police brutality? What about police brutality . . . what about bad cops? Are there bad cops? Yeah . . . that’s because there are bad people; some become lawyers, some become teachers, some become cops, some become doctors, some become whatever. We live in a fallen world . . . with fallen people. If there are bad cops, God will deal with them accordingly; however, we are called to worry about ourselves. That is what we should be doing. The Bible makes this clear: we are called to submit to government, and pay our taxes.
Doesn’t the Bible encourage “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:24)? No! This is what the Old Testament government was instituted to do; this was not a decree to be taken on a personal, individual level. The government has been given authority, from the ultimate authority (God), to restrain and punish evil in society, and we are called to submit to it . . . it’s not that difficult.