When I saw what these police officers just went through, I realized they need our support now more than ever.
Despite the lack of respect from the community, these police officers haven’t stopped putting themselves in harm’s way.
Although mainstream media and many Americans continue to disrespect police officers everywhere, God just proved his plan ALWAYS prevails in the most incredible way.
“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
It’s been 8 months since a Texas cop was ambushed at a gas station and shot 15 times in the head and back. Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was killed for the sole reason of being a cop. The 10-year veteran left behind a wife and two children, and he was only 47-years-old.
This tragic incident is unfortunately one of many recent cop killings, and that’s why one of the most popular churches in Texas decided to take a stand – but now the pastor, police chief, and Mayor are in even more danger.
And they’re not the only ones taking a stand for police with the power of Jesus – this is just the beginning. Prepare to be amazed…
First Baptist Dallas recently made headlines for a special church service they held to honor cops. Over 200 uniformed police officers and their families attended the service that included a sermon and a prayer led by Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“Your Son [Jesus] said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ and today we’re here to thank You for the men and women in the police department for keeping the peace,” Rawlings said during the prayer.
Hours after the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department and First Baptist Dallas announced their plan to unite through Christ, Chief David Brown became the target of criticism. Apparently not everyone is thrilled to see the police finally getting the respect they deserve from a church.
Our officers really do need support from citizens to be able to do their job in the correct way,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.
The intensified dangers police officers face every day – thanks to the anti-police movement – was brought to life after the emotional church service. In fear for their lives, the officers refused to give on-camera interviews to local media, since someone might target them or their families for expressing their appreciation of the service, or views on the lack of respect they endure every day.
“We think as Christians, we ought to be commending law enforcement officials for their sacrificial services on our behalf,” said Pastor Robert Jeffress.
Pastor Jeffress is no stranger to controversy – when made national headlines for winning a debate on gay marriage, or you might remember him as the pastor that said Islam is “a religion that promotes pedophilia.”
But it’s not just the state of Texas that’s taking a stand for police officers, because what just happened in Ohio will blow your mind. I’ve never seen anything like this…
Days after Police Officer Steven Smith was shot and killed in a SWAT standoff, officers heard a strange sound outside the windows of Columbus Police headquarters.
When Officer Smith’s former partner, Detective James Howe, went searching for the source of the shocking sound as he got up and walked towards the window, he discovered a man standing outside playing “Taps” on a bugle.
It turns out the man, Graham Webb III, wanted to show his appreciation and sorrow for Officer Smith and the department. After serving 25 years in the Army before retiring in 1999, Webb knows how important it is to support those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
“Everybody that I know of has the same feelings,” Webb said. “They might not be playing ‘Taps,’ but they still have the sadness in their heart.”
Although Webb’s surprise performance of “Taps” couldn’t bring Officer Smith back, Detective Howe revealed how the thoughtful tribute brightened up the mood at Columbus Police headquarters. After all the pain they’ve been enduring, Webb’s random act of kindness was the kind of respect police officers everywhere have been longing for.
“It’s been a tough year-and-a-half in general for police and then to have someone like that, it’s quite an experience,” Howe said.
God bless these people for showing our police the respect they deserve! America needs more leaders like them. Please keep our police in your prayers as they endure this challenging time.