One of the biggest difficulties police officers have when it comes to the “god-thing” is the issues of force and guns. Does God support our need to carry a weapon, and what does He think of our having to use force? I suspect more cops would show an interest in spiritual matters if they could somehow get beyond the belief that God and cops don’t mix.
What about the words of Jesus that tell us to turn the other cheek? if that be so, how can we ever justify the use of force on someone - especially deadly force?
I have often stated - and correctly so - that no one is more pro-police than God: and the same goes for Jesus. They are not at odds on this, or about anything else for that matter. If the Bible reveals the mind of God, then we would do well to see what it has to say about these things...
I find it very interesting that in the Bible there are only a few occupations that are said to be “of God,” that they are jobs that God Himself created and placed upon the earth. One of them is the job of a police officer. Read it for yourself...
“The policeman is sent by God...”
(Romans 13:4 - Living Bible)
Could it be any more clear? Before we delve into the discussion of deadly force, we must first come to grips with this startling statement. The creation of police officers was God’s idea!
What gets in the way of being able to accept this truth is our preconceived ideas of what we believe God to be like. We believe He is against force, and He is against the use of unlawful force. But the fact remains: God is the author of police work. The simple truth is, fellow officer, your conception of God is terribly off base. He is not who you thought He was (or is).
There are approximately 800,000 police officers in the United States. Yet, even with so many, crime is rampant. Can you imagine what it would be like if there were NO police officers? God knew there would have to be a policing force in society, lest chaos have full swing.
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