Defund the POLICE?
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You’ve probably heard of the animus that some people in America currently have for the police. Maybe you’ve heard the news reports that anarchists in Seattle have taken over a police precinct and established "autonomous zones.”
Maybe you’ve heard the cries to “defund the police” or the decision of the Minneapolis City Council to “dismantle the police department.”
Personally, I grew up in Minneapolis, and while I’m a little startled by this “defund the police” outcry, I’m certainly not surprised.
Allow me to give you a biblical explanation on the real issues behind this movement.
First, the people calling for the dismantling of the police department are not just targeting the police, they’re targeting God.
These are many of the same people who’ve attacked God’s structure in marriage, family, the work place, and most recently government.
To them, marriage is no longer one man, one woman for life. Instead, they say “Marriage is whatever you want it to be.” They say, “Children, choose your gender.” Any of the structures that God has established, they will attack.
They’re not fighting a culture war or a particular societal injustice as they would want you to think, they’re fighting God and His structure.
Secondly, remember that the people who are against the governmental structure of police departments are the same people who grew up in a generation where no one gets punished, but everyone gets prizes.
According to Romans 13, the job of government is to praise and punish; praise those who do good, and punish those who do evil. These people don’t like government because they think that they always deserve praise, and that they never do anything wrong.
Thirdly, we all recognize that no human government is perfect. Yet, according to Romans 13, all government is God’s government. That’s true whether it’s Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House. All government is God’s government and no government is perfect. By the way, America’s system of government is as close to perfect as we’ll find around the world.
I served as a police chaplain in Muncie Indiana for six years. During my time there, I’d say, 98% of that police force was helpful, kind-hearted civil servants. Just because the 2% exists, doesn’t mean that we dismantle, defund, degrade, and disrespect the 98%.
Fourthly, our obligation is to SUBMIT to the structure that God ordains. And, when I say that, many people, even Christians, run immediately to the exception clauses. We do that because we are essentially disobedient people and we don’t like to submit.
There are exceptions given in the Bible. Exceptions such as, if the government tells you not to pray to God. That’s seen in the life of Daniel. He insisted on praying and wound up being saved by God from the Lion’s den. Sure, in that case, take a stand, and pray anyway.
Exceptions such as, if the government tells you you can no longer preach in the name of Jesus. Then sure, you take issue with that, and be like the apostles in Acts 4 who chose to obey God rather than man. Keep on preaching Jesus.
But, God’s instruction is that in general, humanity should be submissive to government, not rebellious.
Yet, in general, sinful humanity wants to be rebellious when it comes to any of God’s structures.
The idea of defunding the police is the exact opposite of what the Bible says. Romans 13:7 explains, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
Literally, that verse is telling us to fund the police, by paying our taxes!
This whole, dismantle the police, movement is an attack on God’s structures, led by people who desperately need Jesus. They need to be born again, but, “how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Those of us that already know Jesus need to have a burden for their eternal soul.
I know that many of us may be fearful of these people instead of prayerful, however, the familiar Bible phrase, “God has not given us the spirit of fear” is in the context of giving the gospel to heathen people.
So, Christian, walk in His power, His love, and the sound mind that His provides, and fearlessly preach Christ crucified, risen and coming again to our lost world.
The hope for America is not political, or even governmental, but the hope for America is Jesus.
And if you know Him, go tell someone about Jesus today!
Bold Spirit-filled Christians, preaching Christ; that’s America’s hope.
This devotion was written by Pastor James C. Johnson. These devotionals are being published throughout this pandemic in an effort to further strengthen the faith of our NorthStone church family. Feel free to comment below to offer your feedback about today's devotion.