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Minister's column: Show appreciation for law enforcement

Minister's column: Show appreciation for law enforcement

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Pastor Bob Snitzer

Pastor Bob Snitzer

Every month there is the recognition of something or someone; from grandparents to secretary’s, presidents to Veterans Day. June 13 has been designated by the American Family Association as a Day of Prayer and Appreciation for Law Enforcement.

Most people go about their day with little or no thought of the possibility of not returning home due to some form of violence. Law Enforcement officers face that every day they go to work.

Most of us don’t want to encounter the police because it usually means we’ve done something wrong. However, when we need help that is who we call and they come as quickly as possible. When there is violence taking place, they run to it while we run from it.

Law Enforcement today is under intense scrutiny due to a very small percentage of ‘bad’ cops. The vast majority bravely and willingly serve and protect our families and communities.

They are men and women just like ourselves with a spouse and children who are doing their job, putting their children through school, looking forward to vacations and volunteer in their communities.

Therefore, it is important we lift up those who wear the badge as local police, sheriff and sheriff’s deputy, and state police officers.

What can we do?

Show respect and appreciation and especially teach children to respect them and the law. Without effective law enforcement there is no law and order; without law and order we have anarchy, just look to the North.

We can pray for them on a daily basis. Thank God for their willingness to serve and place their lives on the line. Pray for discernment that they recognize danger and exercise wisdom and understanding in every situation.

Thank and appreciate them when you see them. Just like thanking a soldier in uniform. Someone has suggested the next time you see police officers in a restaurant, pay for their lunch or dinner. Write a hand written letter or note to encourage an officer or the department.

During June especially, post notes of appreciation on social media, write letters to the editor of the local newspaper. With the negative press they get today, we must do more to support those who support us in our time of need.

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