Praying For The Thin Blue Line

Blue Line

Furious, betrayed, vengeful. These are the emotions I was harboring after hearing news that five officers had been killed, and six more wounded, by a group of hate-filled men last weekend. I harbored those feelings all weekend; and if I’m honest, it brought me a sense of satisfaction when I heard that the bad guys were all killed by law enforcement. Some would say my feelings were justifiable, but are they really? What would our God have us do, and feel?

Two out of my three best friends are police officers. I am friends with a handful more. I even interned with a federal agency full of good cops. They are all incredible men, with integrity and a genuine desire to do good for the world. At the end of the day, those officers in Texas did not deserve what they got, but what is the proper way of seeking justice for their deaths?

The bible is packed to the brim with verses about justice, and I am certain that justice was properly served in Texas last weekend. Where we (and more specifically, I) can get into trouble, is when we allow our feelings of anger, betrayal, and vengeance to turn into hate and judgment. This is the fine line where the enemy can plant seeds in our heart.

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The men who committed the crime, in this case, were hate filled men. But how did that hate grow? These men were no different than myself. They saw the news, and they saw Minnesota, and they too felt furious, betrayed, and vengeful. They allowed those feelings to morph into hate – and in their minds, they were doing a good thing by slaughtering those innocent, honorable police officers.

For those reasons, it is imperative that we find forgiveness in our hearts, no matter which side of the line we find ourselves on. We cannot ever allow our hearts to harbor hate, and we should always favor the side of love, forgiveness, and justice (justice and vengeance are different – that’s for another discussion).

There will be evil in this world for the foreseeable future, until Jesus comes back. Killings like Texas and Orlando will not go away, and the enemy would love nothing more than for us to harbor feelings of animosity in our hearts. If we do, he wins. God calls us to forgive, and to move on – and that is what we must do. To all of the police officers out there – stay safe, and thank you for your sacrifice; it is not an easy sacrifice y’all make.

Written by Stuart Luck

Extraordinary - this was the title of the sermon that got me saved, is my personal benchmark, and is the core of all of my blogs. God took me, a wretched sinner with no promise of a future, and put on my heart a gift and a passion for writing and inspiring others; my goal is to use my writing to inspire you, my readers, to live the extraordinary and zealous life that God has set before you.

One thought on “Praying For The Thin Blue Line

  1. I appreciate you writing about this issue. A lot of people have been quiet about it due to its highly sensitive nature. I too was furious when I heard about the killings of those police officers in Dallas. I don’t have any friends that are police officers but I was still heartbroken by the murders and pray for their grieving spouses, children and loved ones.
    We must resist the urge to hate and not let our anger lead us to sin. Like you said, we should favor love, forgiveness, and justice… for all. Part of that love is the empathy we have and show for those who are hurting. Let us ask ourselves the tough questions- why were we not also furious two days in a row before the Dallas shootings? Is it because we don’t have close friends or family members who are similar to the men who were killed by the police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota? Or maybe you do…do you know how they are feeling deep inside? Why aren’t we as heartbroken for their families and outspoken about it as we are about Dallas? Do they not deserve justice equally?
    Can we strive to see past the anger on both sides and seek to understand? We need to acknowledge the underlying issues. Have you ever stopped to imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes… to live with fear that your father, or brother or son or husband who looks like a certain stereotype will be seen as a threat and shot dead?
    5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[e] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his sins.

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