I saw this story onÂ policeone.comÂ and felt the need to share it with you lot as well.
Last Sunday, Ofr. Timothy Warren of the Memphis Police Department was shot in the head in a Memphis hotel and died as a result. Â He left roll call early to respond to a shots fired call. Â Months before his death, Tim posted the following video on YouTube regarding the possible dichotomy of being a cop and a Christian. Â Tim felt danger closing in on him on that fateful day, but, like most of us, he felt he had to go to work. Â Read this article to learn more about Tim’s feelings regarding his last days.
As a Christ follower myself, I can understand what Tim was saying. Â I struggle with the dichotomy myself, but, like Tim, I rely on my faith to see me through. Â I am a member of Peace Officers For Christ. Â I know “religion” can make people uncomfortable, but I have come to realize that Christianity isn’t a religion; rather, it is a relationship.
Now, I realize a statement like that may seem at odds with itself and some of you may very well be rolling your eyes or clicking the little “X” at the top right corner of your browser in the hopes that MC will return to his usual crass wit. Â Rest assured before you do either of those things that MCPD isn’t suddenly going to overtly become a platform for all things Jesus. Â That being said, my faith is part of who I am and in the hopes of continuing to build a real platform and community, I feel it incumbent upon myself to be forthcoming about more aspects of my life than simply work. Â And besides, my wit is a gift from God…who am I to bottle comedy gold? Â Okay, okay, comedy brass…pretty sure arrogance isn’t exactly uplifting.
To at least provide a start to the answer of Tim’s quandary, I offer Romans 13. Â If you’re at all curious about God’s view on authority, give it a gander. Â I don’t pretend to understand God’s will in Tim’s death. Â At the same time, however, I think to myself about how many people may hear about his circumstances and his faith and make their own connection with God. Â Perhaps that was Tim’s purpose after all.