On the heels of the 14th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on our nation and the recent deliberate demonization of our nation’s law enforcement professionals, it is important for me to speak strongly in support of the men and women in blue who are called to serve and protect. As a Christian, I believe that God’s angels walk among us, just as Satan, a former angel walks among us as well. The men and women who comprise our local Police and Firefighter stations, like our military, walk into the valley of death every day, so that the citizens of this great nation can sleep peacefully at night and carry on their lives according to established rules of law. Too often now however, the sacrifices and heroic deeds of these men and women are both marginalized and forgotten, all for the sake of media headlines and the political movement du jour. The hypocrisy of those who have declared a war on these “Angels in Blue,” the majority of whom declare themselves as people of faith, runs in direct contravention with the Gospel of John 8:7, which reflects, “…He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone….”
For many of us, the wounds of September 11, 2001, are still fresh. Call me emotional, but I still shed tears watching the videos of that horrible day and also when I attend memorial services to remember those who lost their lives. On that day, hundreds of men and women in blue risked their lives, paying the ultimate sacrifice for people they did not know, but to whom they took an oath to serve and protect.
In 2015 thus far, according to open source media, 26 men and women in law enforcement and 60 men and women who are firefighters, have lost their lives in the service of this nation and its people. Hopefully, this is not the first time you’ve seen these numbers, and agree with me that each one of these numbers represent a human being. A human being that was someone’s son or daughter, husband or wife, brother or sister, or perhaps a neighbor next door. I believe that every life matters.
For us Christians, when God threw the angel Lucifer [also known as Satan] out of heaven, it is believed that God took this action because Lucifer’s pride became too great and he thought himself a god worthy of worship. Although, the actual time that God banished Lucifer from heaven, is not exactly known, it is recorded in Job 1: 6-7, that Lucifer travelled between heaven and earth. We Christians believe that Lucifer still walks among us today, constantly trying to pull us to the dark side.
As humans, we are not perfect and susceptible to committing wrong deeds, both in the eyes of man and in the eyes of God. To that point, law enforcement professionals are also human and contrary to the beliefs of many, are also open to making mistakes or misdeeds. Our rule of law here on earth and specifically here in the United States, ensures that when crimes are committed, the accused are called to account for their actions. Mob actions calling for “justice” and hate slogans like “pigs in the blanket; fry them like bacon,” are common today among racists and race hustlers, attempting to deceive us to their true intentions.
Society today has become more prideful, just as Satan did with God. Political race movements that look to project one race over another are fostering hate and racism because they know the citizenry is paralyzed with fear. To further advance their cause, these haters, fear mongers, and race hustlers, are now fanning the flames of the weak and unstable as surrogates to commit their unlawful deeds. Most recently, these surrogates carried out the murder of officers through ambush, and bait and attack methods, who like Satan, in the story of Adam and Eve, relied on cowardly acts of ambush and deception to work his acts against God.
I believe that men and women who choose to protect and serve us as a citizenry are the “Angels in Blue” that walk among us. I pray for and thank them daily for their service. If there is blame to be assessed, we should lay this blame at the feet of our feckless politicians, the majority who have never ventured into the valley. May God keep and protect our “Angels in Blue” and deliver them from evil; Amen.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1.