Love in Work Boots and Our Police Officers
I just can’t get past the rioting and looting going on in Ferguson, Missouri. I also refuse to be judge and jury as the mainstream news carriers are doing in their reporting. Such civil unrest, in my opinion, is uncalled for.
Every life is important to God. Every life. The color of the skin does not matter. What does matter is the hatred that would cause a person to rob and push around a store clerk, then disregard the ones attempting to keep that person safe by not allowing him to walk down the middle of the street. I am going to call it sin. Sin is the transgression of the law. I John says it clearly: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.” Police officers have the charge of maintaining safety and peace. Romans 13:3 clearly defines those who keep us safe as “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.”
I ask this: Where are the clergy in Ferguson? Either the news is not reporting it, or the clergy are inside their pristine offices rather than out on the streets ministering healing love to the distraught. The clergy and followers of faith need to put on their work boots and with prayerful hearts spread some love. Spread that love like a six-year old spreads peanut butter. Generously, and without regard for social class.
While some laws seem senseless and burdensome, (I don’t care for the mandatory seat belt laws) but the laws are meant to protect us personally and when a police officer separates you for your own safety, just obey whether you understand it or not. It is as easy as saying, “Yes, Sir” and showing respect.
Today, put your shoes on with peace and love in your heart, and work at every opportunity to bring forth good. If you decided to transgress the law, then that police officer may seem a terror. If you desire to do good, the police officer will praise you. It is just that simple. So, as the saying seems to trend currently, “Do the next right thing.” Let your Light shine because that Light sheds Love.
P.S. I have a grandson who is entering college this fall in the area of law enforcement. My heart yearns for his safety as he may have to face the sin of transgressors who not only disregard street safety, but the very lives that surround them.