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Ever since I was a child, I understood that U.S. police officers were our heroes. Every day in America police officers are courageously saving lives.


Sadly we’ve come to a place where police officers can’t go through a fast food drive-thru without fearing that their food will be poisoned. Further, we’ve got misguided people in America marching in the streets, ignorantly protesting law enforcement officers.

My wife and I are raising our 3 sons with the understanding that police are our heroes. Specifically, my boys have lots of respect for Officer Perry. He protects the school my boys attend. He, and other officers, secure their sporting events, and other school related activities.


Ever since my sons were little they’d wave enthusiastically at police cars, or they’d wave when they see police officers at a restaurant. I know lots of good God-fearing Americans who've rightly raised their children to believe that U.S. police officers are heroes.


However, our respect for police officers is not rooted in some kind of idealism, nostalgia or sentimentalism.


Instead, our respect for police officers is rooted in our Christian faith.


Unfortunately, there is a growing number of “woke” Christian leaders who have missed some very important biblical principles. Allow me to suggest a few.


First, don’t forget that the Bible instructs us to pray for them. (1 Timothy 2:2). Living a “quiet and peaceable life“ is in direct relationship with praying for our civil authority and that includes police officers. Praying for them is “good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (1 Timothy 2:3)


Not only are we to pray for them, but we’re also to honor them.


Why do we honor them? It’s not because they’re intrinsically good, but it’s because they are the “ministers of God.” We honor them because Romans 13 explains that they are the “servants of God.”


In Romans 13:4 the Bible explains that if you’re doing good you have nothing to fear, but if you’re doing evil, be afraid. This is a generally true principle, especially in the United States of America.

Not only pray for them, and honor them, but we are to pay them. The entire “Defund the Police” movement is an attack on God’s structures. Romans 13:7 is clear that we are to pay our taxes for the sake of paying our civil servants.


Lastly, the Bible instructs us to submit to them. 1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man (why?) for the Lord’s sake.”


Romans 13:1 says “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers.”


Titus 3:1 Paul tells Titus to “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, and to obey magistrates.”

These “woke” pastors and many “woke” Christians seem to have overlooked these many Bible verses which reveal God’s expectation about our relationship to our civil authority.

I know there's a small percentage of corrupt police officers and those officers need to be rooted out and punished for their corruption. However, the overwhelming majority of US police officers are kind-hearted civil servants.


Broad brushing an entire group of people as “bad” is what lazy people do. Broad brushing an entire group of people for the misdeeds of a few is unhelpful, ignorant, and again, extremely lazy.


Personally, my family and I are deeply thankful for the innumerable heroic ways in which law-enforcement officers serve communities around our country.


As much now as ever, Bible-believing Christians need to pray for police officers, we need to honor them, pay them, and submit to them.


Structures of life, such as civil authority, have been provided by God for our well-being and for His glory.


On a personal note, I want to say to the overwhelming majority of U.S. police officers who are good and honorable, thank you for committing your lives to protecting and serving our communities. Keep up the good God-honoring work. Thank you for being our heroes.


The above article was written by James C. Johnson. He is the pastor of NorthStone Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. To offer him your feedback, comment below, or email him at pastor@northstonebaptist.org.

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