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March 18, 2021

The Difficulty in Being a Police Officer in 2021

In the Days of Noah


These words of Jesus provide us a clue as to how difficult it is to be a police officer in 2021. While Jesus was speaking about his second coming and gave a very nice view of the ‘days of Noah’ (Luke 17:26). All we have to do to find out how those days were, we need to turn to Genesis 6 to see why it is so difficult to be a police officer in 2021.


The thoughts of their hearts


As you know, God said that men look on the surface while God looks at their hearts. It is the heart that is the center of people’s actions. The heart is where people lay up their treasure and as the Bible says ‘where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12:34).


This is why it is so difficult to be a police officer in 2021. People today are more like the people of Noah’s day than they are of any other time in history. As Genesis 6 tells us, “ Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually (verse 5).


There are more people today who have made evil their treasure and have placed that treasure in their hearts than those who make Jesus their treasure. Their thoughts and deeds are only concerned with doing evil and standing in their way are the many police officers assigned the task to stop evil from taking over a nation.


They are outnumbered

Black Lives Matter Protest

When more people desire to do evil than there are those who desire to do good, it makes the policeman’s job even tougher. What compounds the problem is the fact that there are more people desiring to do evil than there are policemen in any given country.


With the odds against them, it is hard for policemen to maintain law and order. If governments add more police officers, then they will be accused of creating a police state. It is a no-win situation for the police forces of the nation.


Police officers are often despised as they are the human target sin-loving people love to take their hatred out on. We see this in the news every day, as the police are merely trying to do their jobs faithfully yet are abused and attacked, often for no reason other than they wear the uniform.


Governments do not help


This is a sad situation that contributes to the difficulty of being a police officer. There are many levels of government who have taken a dim view of law enforcement, justice and often let prisoners go with light penalties or no penalties at all.


Instead of helping the police maintain law and order, they make the situation worse by their failure to uphold the different laws. When your own government is not helping you, it is very difficult to be a policeman in any year, let alone in 2021.


The people look to government officials to lead them. When the latter does not obey the laws, then the people decide they do not have to obey them either. When this situation arises, then the policeman’s job becomes several times more difficult to do.


Some final words


Being a police officer is not easy no matter the era. People think they are good even though they break certain laws. It is that attitude that also makes the job of a policeman far more difficult than it should be. Most people in a nation only give lip service to God’s instructions to obey the law. That does not help the police do their job very well.

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