Why the Left Hates the Police and How Traditional Families and Christian Ethics Are a Remedy to This Evil 


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When I was under the tutelage of the Left, hating cops was a major tenant of the faith. Everyone from NPR to the local organic food shop ranted about cops. At first it was easy for me to fall into this trap. I’m naturally very anti authoritarian and cops were a huge authority. With a country as big as ours it was easy to find stories of cops over stepping their position and people getting hurt and even killed. If you wanted you could could cocoon yourself in these stories almost daily and pretend like every cop was out to get you. 
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It doesn’t help matters that we’ve all had a friend or family member who had a silly run in with the police for what seems like a minor infraction, like forgetting to pay a headlight ticket or being in the same car with someone who has a joint on them, add to that occurrences of cops keeping money they find on you when you get pulled over or having a nasty attitude and well, you can start to get angry. If you dwell on these situations it can very quickly feel like the police are an oppressive force out to get you and everyone you love.

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When I went to anti war protests during the Bush era I was taught by my liberal mentors that the cops would hurt me and my children at any oppprtunity. I feared them. I would see a cop and I would turn ice cold and my hands would shake. I’ve never been arrested in my life, I’ve never even had a speeding ticket (yes I’m proud of that LOL) so not having dealt with the police face to face myself I think it increased my fear of them.

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When my oldest son was 4 and my second oldest was just a baby we went to a peace rally in San Francisco. We were with a family member who was visiting the city for the day and didn’t necessarily share our politics. At one point, as the rally ended (back in the peaceful days before antifa when these things generally were safe and friendly) we found that we weren’t sure how to get back to our car. Our friend, holding my 4 year old, went up to an officer to ask directions. When they walked back over to our side of the street I realized my son was scared. 

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He was scared of the police officer. 

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The reality of that hit me like a cold slap. That wasn’t what I wanted to convey to my child, it hadn’t been what I meant to convey yet he mirrored back to me, in the perfect way children do, what I had been teaching him through my actions and I was horribly embarrassed. My husband and I had a long talk with our son after that day about the police and how they aren’t all bad people and that so many of them work so hard and sacrifice everything to help keep us safe. Would I have learned this valuable lesson had I not had children or would I have loved in an echo chamber of my own thoughts and fears? The value of being a parent reaches so many places in our lives. 

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As time passed I still found myself becoming angry anytime I heard a story where an officer had clearly overstepped his authority and hurt someone but after that day at the peace rally I began putting those stories in context. There were so many thousands of times every day that police have protected and served our community, pulling out isolated events and painting all cops as bad was counter productive. 

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Why hadn’t I been upset with the thugs and criminals filling our streets that make a large police state necessary in so many cities in our country? Why hadn’t I put, at least some, of the blame on the criminals themselves? Like many on the Left I had failed, due mostly to youth and inexperience, to place events in their proper context and that had led to me making assumptions about the police that were ill informed. 

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The biggest challenge to my new world view came when a close relative was falsely arrested and accused of a crime he had not committed. What made matters worse was the police faked a confession and also stole this person’s  money they had on them at the time of the arrest. This event was devastating to family members but at the same time this was happening to one family I heard a news story about a cop who had died in the line of duty and left behind a small child.

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The world is more complicated than we think when we are young. As a Christian woman who upholds the rule of law, and is now under only the tutelage of Christ, I have found comfort, despite some bad situations, in supporting the police in our country, the vast majority of whom are honest, decent, hard working people, just like most American citizens are. 

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So it is with that thought that I leave you this scripture which is very hard for my rebellious spirit to swallow but which contains great wisdom none-the-less and I pray that as we go forward as a country that our hearts would be turned to the word of God so that our families may be safe and prosperous. 

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. …
Romans 13:1-14