- “Too often our feelings are locked in, we feel restrained, perhaps even embarrassed to reach out and touch an officer of the law. They are people aren’t they? Reach out, hug a cop.” - Chevy Chase from the movie Fletch.
Isis recently hung four infidels upside down on a swing set and lit them on fire. Planned Parenthood is selling baby body parts. A TV reporter is senselessly murdered while she discussed local tourism. Life means nothing anymore. Evil is rampant, plain and simple.
Yesterday, I passed a local police officer who had just pulled over a vehicle for some sort of traffic violation. I wondered aloud if that cop was a little nervous about getting out of his cruiser in order to speak with driver due to the irrational behavior of citizens lately, who believe that they have been wronged. No one today is slow to anger and guards their tongues. And everyone from criminals to politicians to even Christians who don't get their way blame someone else for their ills. It's never their fault --- it's always the other guy, but I digress.
Now evil has set its sights on the protectors of our society. Police Officers are being killed for one thing and one thing only - because they are a police officer. The recent police shooting stories are tragic and becoming all too common --- just the way evil likes it. The irony is that these brave men and women are sworn to uphold the law and protect those who even want them dead. By not standing up for what it right, like standing up for the harsh treatment of cops, evil has won. When we begin to devalue those among us who risk their lives daily so that we can be safe, we as a society will descend deeper into darkness. If the protectors are gone, who will evil come after next? You? Your kids? Your wife? Your church? Your schools? Your local restaurant? All of these.
Sadly, a lot of us do see how police officers all over the country are being treated, but we are at a loss of what to do about it. I have three suggestions:
- When you see a police officer on the street or in a store with you, walk up and just say “thank you for protecting me”.
- If you personally know a police officer, send them a “thank you” text or email.
- Finally, the third suggestion is to give police officers a virtual hug by saying a quick prayer for them (everyday if you can). I'll get you started, "Dear God. Today, please wrap your protective arms around the men and women who get up every day and put their lives on the line to keep me and my family safe from evil. Amen."
It’s time we stand up for what is right - in everything. It’s the least you (we) can do. Start today by (virtually) hugging a cop and saying thank you.