[PART 4 OF 6]
What are the implications of this concept of “the sanctity of human life”?
Does that mean that it is wrong for a Christian to serve as a police officer?
If a police officer were to use deadly force and take the life of another person in the line of duty, would he or she be guilty of murder? Would he or she have violated the sanctity of human life?
The same biblical principles apply here as were discussed in answer to the question of capital punishment. Police officers are agents of the governing authorities, whether at the city, county, state, or federal level. As agents of the government, they are simply one of the tools used by the government to exercise its God-ordained governing power.
As a general rule, good law-abiding citizens have no reason to fear police officers. Those who would break the law and do evil should fear police officers, because police officers are simply the agents used by the government to punish evil-doers.
Is it possible for a police officer to be corrupt and to abuse his or her power? Yes, and it happens every day. Just like the dictator who abuses the power of government, the police officer who abuses his power will stand accountable before God. But the fact that there are police officers who abuse their power does not negate the fact that police officers are simply agents of the God-ordained government, and as such have God’s blessings in carrying out the function of their job.
So, if a police officer takes the life of another human being in the line of duty, he has not necessarily violated God’s laws, and has not necessarily violated the sanctity of human life. Obviously, there are situations where deadly force is not justified, and therefore cannot rightfully be used. Police officers are trained to assess each situation and make a judgment call, sometimes in a split second, as to the amount of force that is appropriate and justified in any given situation. It is a difficult and dangerous proposition, and often a thankless job. We should pray daily for the safety of those who have devoted their lives to protecting and serving us as peace officers. We should also pray for God to grant them wisdom in the decisions they must make every day when dealing with sometimes nefarious characters.
Police officers are a necessary component of any effective system of government, and government is God-ordained.
Part 1: “The Sanctity of Human Life”
Part 2: “Is Human Life Holy?”
Part 3: “What About Capital Punishment?”
Part 4: “I Wanna Be a Policeman”
Part 5: “Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines”
Part 6: “Abortion“
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