2020 brought with it a lot of pain and uncertainty. Whether political, personal, or cultural, it was a year of division. There’s a strong “us vs them” undercurrent to almost everything happening in the world right now.
One of the things we heard often repeated was a call to defund the police. Where trust in governing authorities was nearly universal in generations past, we’re living in a day when the default position is one of skepticism, distrust, and even fear.
As Christians, we’re called to respect our governing authorities. But how far does this extend? Does supporting your police department mean you’re supporting police brutality? And, if not, how do we show proper respect, while also not condoning evil?
This week, Peter and Aaron are joined by Jason Haynor, a local firefighter, and Mike Trill, a local police officer, to discuss these questions, and how Christians are called to think about them.
“The text that comes to mind when we deal with this is Romans 13. It says, ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God.’ We need to keep that in mind. Police officers, politicians — they are his representatives. They’ve been put there for a reason. Even if they’re not honoring him in their works, God is the one ultimately who has put them there.” ~ Aaron Currin“We need to keep Romans 13:1 in mind. Police officers, politicians — they are his representatives. They’ve been put there for a reason. Even if they’re not honoring him in their works, God is the one ultimately who has put them there.” ~ Aaron CurrinClick To Tweet