This piece is dedicated to any Police Officer who has been stung by "The Deal."
this text of a Bible verse that has always fascinated me,
"These be the names of
the mighty men of whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief
among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against
eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
And after him was Eleazar
the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when
they defied the Philistines that were gathered together to battle, and the
men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his
hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a
great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
And after him was Shammah
the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together
into a troop, where there was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the
people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground,
and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great
And three of the thirty
chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam:
and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. And David
was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water
of the well of Bethlehem, that is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake
through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem,
that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless
he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord. And he said,
Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of
the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink
These things did these
three mighty men. . . ." II Samuel 23: 8-17
The text continues on from
there. But if I can point out a few things about this portion of scripture;
a few things about these men and how it all relates to our current spiritual
warfare. First, none of these guys gave up. Period. They stood their ground,
they believed in what they were doing, they understood that the Lord was
working in this situation; in this case, the impending ascension of David
to the throne of Israel. In your case, the high calling of a Police
The first one, Adino. He
took on eight hundred opponents and over came them. This was in hand to hand
combat. Impossible? Yes. But with God and in the strength of His Holy Spirit,
nothing is impossible. One by one he overcame each opponent. How long do
you think that took? All day? It doesn't say. But it took some doing. Yet
he refused to surrender, and God helped him in the battle. At what
time in this monumental personal battle did he come to the point, that point
we have all been to many times, where he was just going to quit, where he
was just going to give up? At the thirtieth opponent? At the
six-hundredth opponent? At what point did he come when he had finally
surrendered all to the Providence of God and the Lord was free to fight this
battle through him? Yet, this is exactly what happened as it
clearly stated the "Lord wrought a great victory."
The second one, Eleazar.
It says the men of Israel had run away. Not him. He was all alone. Just him
and God. In the enemy came, it doesn't say how many there were, but he hit
them head on. It says his hand grew weary. I'm sure it did. The physical
exertion for this type of medieval hand-to-hand combat had to be monumental.
Yet he refused to yield, to give up, to surrender. And God Himself backed
him up, and his hand "held fast" to the sword. And he overcame, and it says
the LORD wrought a great victory that day.
The third one, Shammah.
He stood in the middle of a bean field, and again, all alone as the people
had fled away, he took on the enemy. It says he "defended it." His bean field,
his own little plot of ground. That which represented his life and sphere
of influence. Win or lose, live or die, never surrendering. And one by one,
trial by trial, he took them down. No one was going to take his bean field.
And God honored that, and it says again, the LORD wrought a great
As for these three breaking
through the Philistine line of defense to access the well inside the enemy
perimeter at Bethlehem, that showed a certain "attitude," a certain mindset
on the part of these three that made them some of the greatest in David's
top chain of command. Basically, there was no challenge they were not going
to face. These were warriors, possessing the warrior mindset and worldview.
Living out in the desert with David, living a life that was surely
most basic in form, they realized the grand scheme of things that they were
directly involved in, which, even though from outward appearances according
to the world, they had the inferior position, yet in God's Eyes, they were
superior in all things.
I remember watching the
overhead video from the news air unit of the much televised "North Hollywood
Bank Robbery" that took place in Los Angeles. These guys were armed to
the teeth, with full body armor and fully automatic, heavy caliber weapons.
The first suspect was taken down on the sidewalk a short distance from the
bank after firing indiscriminately throughout the neighborhood and exchanging
multiple rounds with the LAPD. The second one hijacked a car which was disabled
a short distance down a side street. The suspect got out and was trying to
load up his weapons into a commandeered truck, but suddenly stopped, crouched,
and started firing back in the direction he had come. A Police unit with
four cops had just barreled down the road at him, straight into the hail
of lead, and as they got out, started firing back. The incident swiftly ended
Sometimes in the war against
"evil," the war on crime; not only as a cop, but as a Christian, it comes
down to a no holds barred, just slug it out situation, and only your faith
in God will bring you out the winner. Life does get messy sometimes; it doesn't
always go down "by the numbers." We tend to have preconceived notions
of how life "should" be, how life should be as a Christian cop. Yet
Christians, and Christians as cops are in a very high-profile warfare condition.
Christians as soldiers of Jesus Christ, fighting the forces of darkness
every day, and Christian cops being in even a more hazardous position, fighting
the crime, and against the visible manifestation, of that demonic influence
in the temporal realm.
But regardless of our position
in society, we are still directed to ". . .Therefore endure hardness,
as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (II Timothy 2:3). And
"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
Now, the rest of the text
gives a few more accounts of insurmountable odds being overcome, but I'm
sure you get the idea. Were these guys portrayed in the Bible account just
plain crazy? I don't think so. Were the officers in that pursuing unit crazy?
Of course not. They believed in what they were doing, what they represented,
what was being fought for. To protect and to serve. The Lord honored all
of them for that.
A critical point to remember
is that they hazarded their lives to accomplish the objective, to protect
society, or "loved not their lives to the end."
As Police officers you
are truly required to sacrifice many things for the honor and prestige to
wear the badge. It is a very high calling. When the pressures and challenges
of the job start to really press in, when the Philistines are surrounding
you and your positiondon't drop the Sword. When you hear about an officer
being ambushed and killed by a previously released felon and the rage and
fury threatens to overtake you, stand against it with the power of the Holy
Spirit and patience, prayer, restraint, and faith. When a violent criminal
you have arrested gets off on a technicality and you see him back on the
street, make the choice to refuse to surrender to despair and frustration.
With cunning, realize there will be a next time, and deny the enemy, Satan,
the victory of a bitter spirit on your part. Resist him. When the pressures
of this high-profile warfare position in Him starts to affect your marriage
and personal life, commit yourself wholly to Him and modeling the fruits
of the Holy Spirit, which is love, patience, and grace. Maintain those
contacts you have with other Christian law enforcers in the field, and always
seek their support, counsel, and prayer.
Make the choice to refuse
to give in to despair and bitterness and frustration, whether it be with
the criminal justice system or the condition of society as a whole. For an
unbelieving Police officer, all he has is his own sense of honor and commitment,
his own moral strength and ideals. But you have access to the Throne of Heaven,
the Secret Place of the Most High; you're a little different. As a spiritual
warrior, you understand that the primary enemy you are dealing with are the
forces of darkness themselves, as they seek to bring your nation to ruin,
working through a society that is dealing with the repercussions of their
own rebellion against God's Law.
A Christian police officer,
polished and disciplined, a Christian warrior, is truly a formidable weapon
in His hands. The Bible says that "We can do all things through Him who
strengthens us." (Philippians 4:13) You can overcome in the field of
law enforcement. You can overcome as a Christian Police officer, whether
in your professional life or private. But why not? The Lord recruited you
into professional law enforcement in the first place, and He doesn't make
"errors" or mistakes in that regard. He didn't call you into this very
difficult field just to abandon you to the dogs on the street. So
choose to overcome!
God bless all of you as
you stand and defend your bean field!
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