The moral fiber of our country is decaying, and the resulting increase in lawlessness is its manifestation. But, there is a group of people who serve our nation and regularly risk their lives to resist anarchy and enhance our safety. This group of people is our police force. They have, in my opinion, a tough job to do. They must enforce laws and protect those who often resent them. Yet, the police continue to carry out their duties in the face of increased scrutiny and criticism which makes their job even more difficult.
Of course, as with any group of people, there are always bad individuals. But the few who are corrupt does not mean that the whole is also bad. That is why I am dismayed at the rise of disdain for our police force as a whole. For the great majority, they are just trying to do their jobs. But what makes them special is that they risk their lives on a regular basis as they serve and protect those who, all too often, don't appreciate them.
Take, for example, a traffic stop. When a police officer approaches any car, he is risking his life. He does not know if the person is angry and armed, running from the law, on drugs, or is just in a hurry to get milk and diapers. This is why whenever an officer pulls me over, I turn off my engine, put my keys on the dash, roll down the window, turn on the interior light, and put my hands in plain sight. I do this because no matter what the outcome, I will show respect to the office for the work that he is doing. I appreciate his work...yes, even when I get stopped.
Critics are everywhere. But, how many of them regularly risk their lives to serve and protect the very people who often hate them? How many of the critics fail to behave in a stellar manner they themselves require of the police? How many of them complain from the comfort of their homes while the officers are out there making them safe? I see inconsistency, condemnation, and criticism from far too many who don't realize how much they need the police. Without the enforcement of our laws, anarchy will replace order. We need the police. They are an invaluable resource in our community.
Nevertheless, I tire at the news media which seems determined to show the police in a constant negative light. Now, I'm not saying that we should ignore bad cops. But, it seems that the media is only interested in increasing the disdain for the police by focusing on the negative. They rarely focus on the positive. This is not a fair treatment of our law enforcement community.
I have found the police to be universally polite and professional. They have been exemplary. When they stop me, they don't know me from Adam. They don't know my character or my appreciation for what they do. So, even at the uncommon occurrence when I get a ticket from an officer of the law and when he or she walks back to her vehicle, I thank the officer for doing his job.
I appreciate the police. In fact, I routinely thank them when I encounter them. When they come to my Bible studies, I thank them. When I see them enjoying their lunch at a restaurant, I thank them. When I see them at public events enforcing law and order, I thank them. I do this because they are doing a tough job and I appreciate how they make my life that much better.
So, I say to the police everywhere, thank you Thanks for what you do. I for one, greatly value your work.
Romans 13:1–3, "Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same."