Saturday, December 27, 2014

Salute to the NYPD and all Police Officers (Romans 13:1-7)

"NYPD Squad Car in New York City"
© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

Today in New York City a funeral is being held for Police Officer Rafael Ramos.  He was our brother in the Lord.  A servant in the Church, who looked out for others, and was an usher.  To be honest I probably wouldn't have noticed him.  Just another Christian helping the elderly and supporting his Church.  We get used to this at Church, he's with Jesus now in Paradise.  These verses were written many years ago but they still apply to us today.  God's Word is timeless : )  

1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
(Romans 13:1-7 NKJV)

I am confused by our young people.  I wonder what the school system is teaching them.  Since when is suicide noble?  It's never been nor will it ever be noble.  It's evil.  And the result of this decision will bring eternal suffering, not peace.  Maybe the schools need to be re-evaluated so kids are taught to be good and give to the community instead of destroying it and themselves.  The Police are not our enemies.  In New Jersey they've helped me out many times and I am very grateful.  Maybe it's a sign that Jesus will return soon.  I hope so!

My prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
This is beyond me.  I don't know how to fix this broken nation where young people destroy all that is good.  You do.  You are God.  You know all and see all.  I pray for Your Holy Spirit to  heal and protect the Ramos family, as well as the Liu family.  I pray You will open the eyes of those in education and help them teach children honor, responsibility and respect.  I praise you for the kids who are good and considerate of others.   I'm sure the good outweighs the bad.  We usually only hear about the bad.  Please revive our nation and bring us back to who we really are, "The Land of the free.  The home of the brave."    Please bless our Police Officers and protect them from harm.  Thank You Father for looking after our needs.

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
10 Set the world right;
Do what's best––
  as above, so below.
11 Keep us alive with three square meals.
12 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
  Yes. Yes. Yes.
(Matthew 6:9-13 Message)

In Jesus' Name I pray,