(Note: This is a slightly edited re-post of a piece I wrote back in September. It seems timely to share it again.)
Imagine a World Without Police
“To Serve and Protect”
There has been a lot of negative press recently about out-of-control police actions, police brutality, police corruption, police militarization, etc., etc., etc. There’s no legitimate excuse or justification for any of this, of course, because the police are sworn to “serve and protect” the people in their local jurisdictions – town, city, township, county, or state. Police thuggery is not serving and protecting. Rogue cops must be held accountable for their actions, just as any common criminal whom they might be seeking to apprehend. Integrity in the police force is an absolutely mandatory expectation by the citizens they serve.
Police are Needed in a Less-Than-Perfect World
That being said, in our less than perfect world, a police force is also absolutely mandatory. On the rare occasions in history when police have gone on strike because of a labor dispute or other provocation, the results have rarely been pretty. In fact, things usually get downright ugly. Unrestrained mobs rampage through the streets of cities, looting, burning, and destroying nearly everything in their paths. Murders, rapes, and robberies skyrocket. People who just want to live in peace have their lives turned upside-down by alcohol and drug-fueled crazies with no fear of getting caught or being held accountable of their actions.
Without Police No One is Safe
Yes, for peace to prevail in human society, there must be a police presence actively enforcing the law and bringing law-breakers to justice. Without the police no one is safe. They deserve our respect, support, and encouragement. But we must also remember that police officers are also human beings, with all the personal strengths and weaknesses we all share. They lay their lives on the line for the rest of us every day they show up for work. Let us thank God for them, and let us also pray for their protection, their families, and that God will give them wisdom and guidance as they “serve and protect.”