Peace officers often quote scripture from Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God." But, what happens when peace officers are no longer filled with a spirit of peace, and instead are filled with a spirit of fear?
As a police officer I justify with it, as a black man I wrestle with it, but as a Christian, I understand it. It's a fear trap. I've always found it interesting that the very thing we in law enforcement depend on to justify violent behavior, is consequently the very thing that scripture tells us to avoid; fear. What a conundrum for brave men to have a doctrine of fear.
If I were the devil and I wanted to divide a nation, I would do it with a spirit of fear. I would fill man's heart with fear and ensure that he would be so focused on personal safety that he would abandon a quest for relationship.
As the devil, I would write laws that gave power to the powerless based completely on fear. Out of fear for their life and fear for their brother's life, out of fear for their safety and fear for someone else's safety, people could justify violent action. Out of fear, people could be immoral but innocent, unrighteous but still right.
Out of fear, a man could mount a case. As the devil, I would love to see the irony of a man swearing an oath under God before offering a testimony, only for that man's testimony to be full of fear. As the devil, I would ensure that man feared his own laws more than God's laws.
As the devil, I would challenge man's dominion over the earth and command him to DoMinion like things at my bidding. Man would fear man, and I would watch as they destroyed each other for my name sake; fear.
I'm concerned that we in law enforcement have been conditioned to embrace fear, and not overcome it. Fear is inherent and it's expected that we would experience it in our line of work. However, if there is one thing that makes us different from the average person, it is this: We've been equipped to overcome fear, not fall victim to it.
I am not the devil, but I am intimately aware that some people see me and my brothers as such. Some of us have fallen victim to fear and leveraged it to legally justify immoral action. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but many of us live by it. It begs the question: If we have more fear in our lives than faith, does that mean we are closer to the devil than God? Whose side are we really on? Perhaps even better, who is on our side?
My God knows no fear, for he is perfect and he is love. And perfect love drives out fear. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me." So long as you take God with you, you will be a disciple not a divider. You will be a conquerer, and can't be conquered. When people call 911 and you are called before a rebellious nation, you call on 91:11 from the Book of Psalm. God has gone before you and sent his angels to cover you! You are covered, God is with you. And you can't get backup bigger than Jesus!
Proverbs 29:25 says, "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe."