I find it troubling that so many people distrust law enforcement these days.
I heard a teen say she was ashamed of her dad because he is a police officer. Around that time, I heard that a guy wouldn’t eat at a fast food restaurant because an officer was inside. I’ve heard from rescue personnel how ungrateful and rude people are for their services.
What has changed?
Why has such distrust occurred? Police are our allies, not our enemies. Firefighters, EMS, and paramedics also sacrifice their time to help others in distress.
Three police officers live in my neighborhood—a retired police chief, a retired police officer, and an active sheriff. Having them as my neighbors makes me feel safer because they know what to do if some bad guy comes lurking around. I trust their judgement about crime and criminal types. I’m proud to know them and am thankful for their service.
It’s really a sad state of affairs when a child doesn’t respect her father’s profession, which is a noble one. It used to be children aspired to be a police officer or firefighter. What has happened?
Police have stressful job
Their jobs are stressful. They are human. Yes, they make mistakes. We all make mistakes. I guess we can be thankful our work isn’t as high profile and under such scrutiny.
Most people in these professions have a servant’s heart. There are bad apples in any profession. That doesn’t mean when we hear on the news that someone at a bank lied and stole money that we all start distrusting banks. No, we are thankful that righteousness/justice wins. Truth comes to light eventually, and criminals pay the price for their crimes.
When I enter a restaurant and there are officers in the building, I know if something bad is going to happen, they’re there to protect me. I’m pleased to see them patrolling. If they’re doing their job, we’re all a bit safer.
If someone is afraid, I tend to believe that person is harboring guilt about something.
How should we all behave?
Be respectful of those in authority.
What a more pleasant world we would live in if everyone respected others and remembered that those in authority have earned an extra special right for respect because they have more responsibilities that they are accountable for. Their job to protect and help often brings lots of stress into their lives.
If a police officer asks you to do something, do it. They have their reasons. It’s in your best interest to listen. Why do people think they have the right to disobey an order, especially if they carry a weapon? If you have a gun, put it down. Put your hands in the air and say, “yes, sir”. Show respect. Get respect. I don’t get why people think they can outrun the law.
Say thank you.
We all appreciate gratitude. If you’ve done something wrong, apologize, and work on not repeating the offense. Accept the consequences of your actions. Be responsible and mature. Be law abiding, and support our community servants.
Do unto them as you want done unto you.
If you don’t like being sassed, then don’t sass others. If you want others to treat you and your belongings with respect and kindness, then be respectful and kind.
In Romans 13, it says authority is established by God. Those who rebel against authority bring judgment on themselves.
The checks and balances set in place are to help protect us from the corrupt people amongst us, even those in authority. If we don’t trust the established system, we are headed down a sorrowful path.
Officers who act out of line get held accountable, just like bad teachers, bad bankers, bad priests, and anyone else who chooses not to follow the law. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, but we can do our part to keep it safer and be respectful of all people.
How have you shown support to your community officers and other emergency personnel?
Another blog about respect is https://www.michellekaderlywelsh.com/sanctity-of-life-shows-we-all-have-common-need/. When we put ourselves in another’s shoes, it helps adjust our perspective.