Christianity like Law Enforcement is Not a Spectator Sport
Written by Ray Fairman   
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It has been quite a while since I took the time to do a little writing and in that time God has been drifting a great many possible topics in front of me. My difficulty has been not in deciding which experience to write about, but, in getting back on the horse I fell off.

 

I don't think of myself as a person with much to write about and thus I often put off the things I feel God leading me to put on paper. I think this is because I can't really believe what I have to say is all that important or earth shaking. After all I am a cop not a theologian. Anyway, I was thinking yesterday about the way folks look at our jobs in the law enforcement arena and I saw some direct correlations to the way the world looks at Christianity. The most noise and as they would like to think, though I sometimes doubt these critics even know how to think, the most constructive Criticism; and frequently you can drop the adjective "constructive", comes from untrained, non-involved and non-productive spectators. These folks are the "Monday Morning Quarterbacks" who without even the slightest fundamental training in Christianity or Law Enforcement have appointed themselves the Chief Justices of the Court of Popular Opinion. The trouble with them is that they are void of any amount of real life experience in the areas they criticize. These self-appointed judges and town criers are emotionally and frequently selfishly driven and thus their decisions and edicts are typically also emotionally driven and self-serving. I have always been cautioned not to stereotype people and to never jump to conclusions.  These same principles should be used by everyone, especially by those who are evaluating the performance of others who are involved in areas of which they themselves know little or nothing at all. "Yet what should be is often not what is..."  I wish I knew the Wise person who coined that phrase.  They had it right..

There have been several high profile law enforcement involved media frenzies during the last several months and several high profile theological crises as well. In many of these cases the real facts were ignored and sometimes intentionally changed in order to allow the self-appointed judiciary to sway the cases in whatever direction they so desired in the court of popular opinion.

When those without any fundamental training in a venue risk nothing in order to acquire their personal satisfaction their gain is empty you see it really is true that when there is no risk involved, there can be no reward. Still the impact of these self aggrandizing critics often causes, not ripples but earthquakes in the lives of others. These lasting impacts are felt primarily in the areas of increased tolerance to their self-centered and morally stilted ideals. Which will eventually be evidenced by the general social acceptance of these tolerances which will ultimately result in new standards of conduct and morality generally lower and more liberal than those they replaced.. This change is not always beneficial to mankind, especially when the original fundamentals end up completely forgotten. The end result of changing these social and cultural reference points too frequently is the eventual and complete loss of any previously anchoring principles.

Along with the loss of these fundamental truths, comes mass anonymity and a lack of individual responsibility.  Jumping on the bandwagon may increase a person's acquaintances, but it will eventually reduce your true friendships and erode your ethical mile markers.

You see I think anchorless ships eventually end up rudderless drifting derilicts as well. I remember saying many times that anyone can steer a ship (even an anchorless and abandoned one is steered by the currents), but, it takes a navigator to chart a course. Where is your ship heading or is it drifting along with the current?  It might pay to remember that ships need navigators when you are thinking about our Ship of State and about the small "c" church. Who are you entrusting the navigation to? The lack of responsibility that exists in our nation today coupled with the emotionally driven criticism of Christianity and law enforcement are adversely impacting two of the most fundamental cornerstones of our nation.

The clamoring of the masses as they search vainly for self-fulfillment is drowning out the still small voice of God. The voice of God has been the voice of reason throughout history; what tales will that voice tell of man and our country in the future. What will that voice say about our churches if we continue to change the founding principles of Christianity in order to make our "religiosity" more user friendly?

Action without reason is futile and action without seeking God's input is not only twice as futile, it is arrogance. Yet we live in a world today that has so little time for God that even in His house He is often put on hold.

I for one plan to honor Christ not by performing miraculous acts, but by trying to live a life in His strength and power that will show others the truth of John 3:17. I have been given a talent in the law enforcement profession and I fully intend to take whatever risk is necessary to be the servant described in Matthew 25**

Taking the right risk will routinly result in the right reward.  God provided the Bible so we could determine the right risks. It will do no earthly good if it is never opened AND Studied. You don't take a suspects word for what the law book your state provides or your department provided SOP's say, you look it up yourself and determine what it means as it applies to the situation you are facing. You need to do the same with God's word. Too many Christians have no idea what the Bible really says about the issues they struggle with in their lives, they are either affraid to get into the Bible themselves or feel inadaquately trained (discipled). I might be taking a risk at this point, but I feel that there are even pastors who are inadaquately trained (discipled) in biblical matters and consequently are ill prepared to shepherd their flocks.  I urge you to make your decision biblically and defend it to the bitter end if necessary..

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is His... To me this includes my very best efforts in everything I do. It also means that God owns my life, my job, and my family (as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord...).

So my friend when the world we live in goes by careening out of control, what are you going to do? Jump on the bandwagon? Or will you have the courage to take God at His word and stand on His promises and remain anchored in Christ no matter what the prevailing popular opinion?

**19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.  20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  21 His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.





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