by BJ Rudge, Ph. D.
While there are some who abuse authority, the majority of police officers should be commended for their dedication and sacrifices. All lives matter, including police officers. The senseless tragedy of police officers being ambushed and shot is a trend that if not reversed, will undermine the very law enforcement system of America and lead to unimaginable chaos.
Every day, police officers put their lives on the line to protect and defend the freedom of their loved ones, strangers, and even those who hate them. As someone who has family in law enforcement, I recognize the sacrifices they make daily. I realize the dangers and fear they face every time they put on their uniforms.
In remembrance of the police officers who have lost their lives from senseless violence, and in appreciation for those who faithfully serve their communities, we can do two things. First, we can get down on our knees and pray for law enforcement. Second, the next time we see an officer, we can approach him or her and say thanks for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.
Regardless of our color, gender or age, all of us are dependent upon the sacrifices of others to enjoy the freedoms we have today. This is also the case when it comes to our spiritual freedom. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom. Jesus is the greatest example of what it means to lay down one’s life for another (John 15:13). So don’t forget to also thank Him for what He has done for you.