It pains me as I look at what is unfolding in our world today. Political agendas wreak havoc on our land, and it is hard to imagine what our country will look like in 10 years. Lawlessness is abounding, and those who are called by God to uphold our law have been painted in a terrible light by our media. Are their cops unfit for duty? Yes. Are all cops bad? No. The majority of our officers are genuine, kind, and really do want to fulfill their call to be righteous upholders of the law. We cannot turn on all, because of the actions of a few. We are called to pray for officers, submit to officers, and love officers.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1
I have experience on both sides of the fence. There was a time in my life, when I was in my rebellion, and I hated authority. I was a rebel against God, and one of the symptoms was that I was rebel against officers. Then I was converted. It took me some time to learn how to submit to authority, to love the authorities that were instituted by God. But God in His perfect providence helped me get to know some officers in high places.
I can speak from experience that there are officers who hold high positions that are born-again Christians, who do not have a racist bone in their body. I have heard them say how badly they want to help those incarcerated get their lives on track, and more importantly I have seen them act on behalf of those who have broken the law. This is why it pains me when all officers are stereotyped, and painted with a broad brush. There are those who have given their lives to help criminals lives be restored, and thus they truly reflect the Lord Jesus Christ. Because what did He come to earth to do? Reconcile criminals to the Father.
My hope, and my prayer, is that God would somehow use the church to mediate between these two parties. That we wouldn’t bite the fruit of fake media, and that we would have an honest discourse in pursuit of peace. I do not want to raise my future children in a world where there are no police officers. Where lawlessness is encouraged, and where there is no peace. Nor, do I want to raise my children in a world where officers would senselessly take their lives. Something must change, and this change will not come through laws, riots, or even civil discourse, but through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the solution.
Fundamentals of the gospel:
God is righteous, man is not. God cannot simply forgive guilty sinners, without payment made, otherwise He would not be a righteous judge. God upheld His righteous character in His Son, fulfilling the law that we had broken. His Son stood in the place of guilty lawbreakers, paying the death-debt we owed to God because of our sin. Now the law-breakers can go free, and be made righteous. Not on any merit of their own, but by the righteousness of Christ, through faith. Place your faith in Christ Alone, and spend the rest of your life repenting, and believing the gospel. (Romans chapter 3, Mark 1:15) This truly is our only hope. I pray the Lord would fulfill this text now, more than ever:
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” – Ezekiel 16:26-27
Lord, regenerate the heart of our nation, the hearts of our people, and cause us to obey you. Forgive us of our sin. We acknowledge that our only hope is in your Son, and His perfect work.
I know that through the prayers of the saints, and the sovereign power of God, there is hope. And as long as Jesus Christ is on the throne of the universe, there is hope for the universe.
God bless our officers who truly uphold justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God – Micah 6:8