Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

Would You Do the Right Thing?

Briefing: Have you ever been asked to do something as a LEO that you did not think was right? Have you ever participated in conduct that you knew was wrong? Are you old enough to remember the Rodney King incident? I was a rookie at the Dallas Police Academy when this happened. I remember an instructor asking me if I would have had the courage to do the right thing.

Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew chapter 2:13-23.

On the Street: Don't get me wrong. Rodney King was a criminal and was a danger to officers that night but were the officer's actions excessive? The video tape shows Officer Briseno moving in to try and stop Officer Powell. Even Sergeant Koon, at one point yelled, "that's enough".

I can't help but think of the police force that served under King Herod. How would you react to the order to go and kill children? What's the job worth to you? Could you stand up and say, "NO"? This is not an easy question or lesson but being a Christian is not easy. Jesus said, "take up your cross and follow me".

Highlights from this Read: In verse fifteen, we have an example of Matthew proving, through prophecy, that Jesus is the promised Messiah. This passage can be found in Hosea 11:1.

In verse 16, we see Herod make the call to kill all the children two years old and younger. The reason was that Herod was not sure exactly how old the King was so, to be safe, he ordered all infants two and younger to be executed.

Verse seventeen is a fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:15. This is just more proof that Jesus is the Messiah.

Rachel was Jacob's wife and the grandmother of Ephraim and Manasseh. Ephraim and Manasseh were the most powerful tribes of Israel and used to personify the whole nation. This can be found in Genesis 29-30.

Joseph was afraid to go back to Judea when he heard that Archelaus was ruling. Archelaus was an evil person. He condemned 3000 people to death and had them killed during Passover.

Investigational Resources: The more traditional Christmas story is found in Luke 2. Additional investigation: Nazarene (verse twenty-three) in Hebrew means shoot/branch. Look up passages on branch in Isaiah 4:2, Jeremiah 23:5, Zechariah 3:8, and 6:12.

Officer Safety Principle: As a Christian peace officer, you will be looked at by law enforcement officers who are not Christians. They will judge what you do or don't do and label it Christianity. We have an awesome responsibility, one that we will never be able to justify. We will never be perfect but we are on a journey toward that goal. Integrity counts as a law enforcement officer and more importantly as a Christian law enforcement officer.

from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.

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