Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Each shift, a chapter of Proverbs is shared that matches the day of the month. On the 17th, a pithy reflection was prepared beforehand but an earful of woe, and all eyes on the chaplain, burned the patty-cake, patty-cake right out of me.
What they needed was the assurance that God is just as grieved and sorrowful about senseless acts of murder as each officer is. Their desire to put a stop to the madness helps them - atheists, pagans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindi and Muslims - understand the heart of God.
Thank you, Sergeant. Jesus, says the scriptures, was the victim of a murder plot. His assailants were never brought to justice. Despite the failings of the criminal justice system, He found a way to win. Officers sometimes bring assailants to justice, but your work also exposes a flawed system. Jesus overcame a broken system through the resurrection.
Working in a broken system can break us. In quiet moments, patriots, heroes and public servants alike confess that in what many consider to be the greatest country, something is amiss. Flags, apple pie, Wi-Fi, baseball, smart devices and self-driving cars are nice but they're not enough. The system is still broken. Trying to fix a broken thing, without the Maker of all things, will break us.
We need Jesus, the resurrected One, as we work in a broken system. Thank you, Sergeant.
Giving them Jesus is a crap shoot: it may or may not work. Someone may raise their hand and object to a Christ-centered solution. Walking the line of interfaith dialogue is a delicate thing. Sending them into the night with anything less than the best I have to offer is a dastardly thing.
We thank the Lord for the prayer and financial partnerships, strengthening Christian outreach among first responders.