In a day when every act by any police officer is quickly interpreted by the left as an affront to the rights of blacks, the poor or both, it’s important to remember why most of those men and women became law enforcement officers to begin with.
Forgive me for being trite, but the answer for most of them boils down to a few words: to protect and to serve.
At least one man protesting on American streets seems to remember that:
“My Father Taught His FIVE Sons to Obey the laws of This Great Country And to RESPECT the Police that risk their Lives to make this CITY SAFE!” the unidentified man’s sign read. “Good Advice to LIVE BY!”
I do not, of course, have any idea what specifics this man and his brothers were taught by their admirable father.
But I could take a wild guess. It could have been a passage from Paul’s epistle to the Romans, a passage that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is said to have cited often.
“For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” (Romans 13:3,4)
Those who would protest the deaths of criminals like Michael Brown and Eric Garner have either forgotten this lesson or never learned it.
Granted, it’s an unusual passage to quote on the day before Christmas. Luke 2 is more common, or perhaps something from Isaiah.
But this Christmas, it’s a lesson from Scripture that we should all bear in mind.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune