My Thoughts. . .
Some politicians are thinking of reducing their police force and investing that money in social programs. I admire a politician who is interested in helping the people in his city or State, but to decrease the size of the police force is questionable. To take needed funds away from the police department that aids officers in safely dealing with crime is inconsistent. To punish the department for the sins of a few is equal to a schoolteacher punishing an entire class for one student’s failure.
Some cities want to eliminate the police department and substitute other organizations. If politicians think their constituents do not need that protection, let them demonstrate it by firing their own armed personal protection. Make that into a law and see how quickly politicians change their tune without that protection. However, resignation by some politicians would be a plus. Second, to decrease the police department is putting those individuals out of a job. Try downsizing a politician’s staff and see how it flies? Third, it leaves that community without protection. So, who or what is going to fill that void?
Will the void be filled with people who are nicer, better qualified, and loved by the criminal element in the community? Without police, and with less qualified substitutes, the community will suffer with more crime rather than less. Criminals prey upon defenseless individuals who are not protected by the law or hired bodyguards. Politicians make fools of themselves by punishing the entire police department for the sins of a few.
Most people have no idea what a police officer is subjected to every day. Police officers do not work with the nicest people in society. If you work among inmates, you will find very few admitting that they are incarcerated because they deserved it. You attempt to arrest them, and they resist because they claim they have not done anything and do not deserve being questioned by the police. They act as if they are the most respected people in society, so the police should leave them alone. Take away the police, and some will continue what they claim they are not doing! When a law-abiding citizen is stopped for a driving violation, some of those characteristics invade his thinking. How many God-fearing motorist feel it is their right to drive 5 to 8 miles per hour over the speed limit? How many would believe that officer should be stopping and arresting crooks and rapists rather than wasting their time because they were driving a few miles over the posted speed limit? How many of us would let that officer know how wrong he is and how right we are?
Policemen are killed by the most innocent acting individuals when stopped and questioned. They are the nicest people you could meet until they pull a firearm and shoot an officer who is caught off guard. The officer does not know you despite your claims of being the governor’s uncle or aunt. He only knows that you have broken the law, or you fit the description of someone who has. In such cases keep your hands where he can see them. Do not argue. Do not make any sudden moves. Follow his orders but without doing anything that would appear to endanger his life. Slow is better than quick. Treat him with dignity which means you reply without sarcasm. He is just doing his job and he wants to go home at the end of his shift.
If you decide to argue with an officer because “you are a tax paying citizen,” do not be surprised if he has you lying face down on the pavement. There is a reason for that. Certain actions are red flags to officers. If you are going to act like a criminal, the officer will take precautionary action by treating you as if you are one. That is how he is often greeted by someone who would kill him if the opportunity presented itself. Remember, if you are going to act criminal, expect to be treated as if you might be one.
When Paul wrote the Roman brethren, he referred three times to officers of the law as God’s ministers,
“He is THE MINISTER OF GOD to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is THE MINISTER OF GOD, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for THEY ARE GOD’S MINISTERS, attending continually upon this very thing” (Romans 13:4-6).
If you believe an officer of the law must be held to a higher standard of conduct than the average citizen, then why shouldn’t that be true in the lives of those citizens who claim to be Christians?