One week ago….January 24, 2011. On this Monday morning we were awakened to learning of a police battle in St. Petersburg, FL. A battle that instinctively we knew our son was involved. We first watched on TV the ambulances arriving at the local trauma hospital with the ‘injured’ officers. We then learned of the scenario taking place where we knew our son was on duty. We waited anxiously for nearly two more hours to get word from our son. The tragic story of two officers losing their lives, two families losing their husbands and fathers, and a whole community losing two of its finest is now history and lives are forever changed. Our hearts are all still reeling at the reality of what actually happened. But life keeps moving…
I have sat with my son now several days in a row and listened to him process. He is processing the events, the outcome, and what happens now. My concern as a parent is for him, his wellness and future. But his concern was different. His concern was about (in his very words) ‘being dangerous’. He is facing going back into the streets and knowing his job was not to ‘keep safe’ as I was requesting but to remain dangerous to the elements that threaten our peace.
I stand amazed at God’s providence. I stand amazed that He allowed in ‘living color’ the slogan that we have printed and pronounced across all our “streets” of Campus Ministry United. I stand amazed that my son is living out that slogan in real life while I talk about it on paper.
I want to have the courage to confront the ‘spiritual realms of evil’ and not draw back when it gets ugly and raw. I want to live out our slogan in real life as I have witnessed my son doing in his career.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
What will that look like in me? What will this look like in you?
How can I encourage my brotherhood to face this battle with the same courage that I watched displayed by this brotherhood of peace officers?