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  • From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113.3
  • Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth? - Acts 7.50
  • I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. - Genesis 9.13
  • Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121.2
  • He is the God who made the world and everything in it - Acts 17.24
  • Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? - Isaiah 40.26
  • It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth - Isaiah 48.13
  • You alone are the Lord. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them - Nehemiah 9.6
  • The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth - Isaiah 40.28
  • I made the earth and created man on it - Isaiah 45.12
  • He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains - Psalm 95.4
  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth - Genesis 1.1
  • The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19.1

How can I be a Christian cop?

Here are two articles for you to read

1. Can a police officer be a Christian?

For years I have heard variations of this same question from people both inside and outside the Police Service.

Incorrect assumptions often prompt this question. For instance, some people think, ‘If police officers kill someone, don’t they break the commandment that says, “You shall not kill”? Doesn’t their wilingness to use deadly force preclude them from being Christians?’

Some who ask this question may be thinking about the old version of the Ten Commandments, which says, ‘Thou shalt not kill’, or they may be thinking about Jesus quoting this commandment. They may think that all killing is wrong or is forbidden by God.

We must remember that the Bible was not originally written in English. In the original Hebrew the word ‘kill’ is not used. Instead, the word ‘murder’ is used. Modern translations use the word ‘murder’, thus correcting this possible misunderstanding. God’s Word allows for killing in certain instances, such as in the defence of life.

Scripture makes a point of praising law enforcement. In the book of Romans, God lays the foundation for the good and necessary role police officers play in society (read Romans 13:1-7). He defines both the authority and the mission of law enforcement, and authorizes the appropriate use of force. The proper use of force is not a necessary evil. It’s a necessary good! We can boldly say on the basis of the Bible that every officer has a clear duty to use reasonable and necessary force when justified.

With all that officers face, the question is, ‘How can a police officer not be a Christian?’ The Bible reveals that policing is a God-pleasing profession. Rather than being a roadblock, Christianity paves the way for a clear understanding of the God-pleasing role of police officers. Jesus is not the problem. He’s our solution!
Steve Lee

by permission of CPA

2. Is it possible to work for the police and be a Christian?

Well, for many years I for one would have said, ‘No’. At first glance there appear to be many conflicts between the two. Surely, Christians love everybody and have to have compassion for everybody. They have to turn the other cheek when attacked. They have to trust everybody, don’t they?

How can you reconcile those ideas with some of the people that we have to deal with? Their crimes, at times, so horrendous or hurtful to others that compassion, love and trust seem very far away indeed. My answer to the question at the start of this article is – yes, it is possible to work for the police and be a Christian, but – no, it’s not easy. Then, life never is, is it?

As a serving officer I found I had become very cynical, bitter and critical although I wasn’t aware of it. Such are the demands of modern-day policing that I didn’t have the time or the inclination to stop and see how my personal views and opinions affected others.

Without realising it, I trusted nobody. I took everything that life and the job threw at me with a very large pinch of salt. I very rarely saw a good side to anybody or anything. My relationship with my family had changed. If someone had offered me something for nothing, I would probably have arrested them on the spot! Such was my distrust of people. These attitudes are not surprising, when we see at kinds of abuse, violence, theft and other behaviour that causes such misery to innocent people on a daily basis.

I found my faith in Cod, not as a sudden revelation but as a gradual acknowledgement that my life had to change. I also found that it did not make me a ‘goody-goody’. In short, I’m still me. What has changed is the way I view people and their circumstances. I find it is now important to see all sides of any situation or person I’m dealing with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I won’t or can’t arrest anybody, or that if they try to attack me I won’t use force! Because, believe me, I will continue to do just those things.

But by seeing everybody as individuals, as people who all have the right to be treated properly, with dignity and with respect then things can change.

I can almost hear the howls from some colleagues! Why should offenders be treated with dignity and respect when they have not shown those qualities to their victims?

Since when do two wrongs make a right? That’s an old saying but one which today carries as much meaning as ever before. The interesting thing is, that since my perspective has changed, the way I feel about myself has changed, I find that I no longer get personally bogged down with negative feelings, and my relationships with my family, friends and colleagues have changed and improved.

I have seen, on occasions, true remorse from offenders, who expected to be abused, but who, when faced with being treated properly have come some way to understand how their actions have affected others. Of course, it is not always the case, but even one offender who changes at all, is one less offence in the future and one less victim.

I find that being in a personal relationship with God gives me strength and insight to see what had become of me as a person. If you can see any of the bitterness, cynicism and critical behaviour in yourself, then perhaps a quiet word with a Christian colleague might just help. Don’t be afraid, Christians don’t bite. God treats us all with compassion; he trusts us and gives us his love freely. We pass it on that way.
Chris

by permission of CPA

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