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In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion. From Bill O’Reilly to Chris Matthews, Rush Limbaugh to Rachel Maddow – there is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring you back to a place of passionate, persistent prayer for the nation?

“Viewpoint” allows the expression on the political, social and moral issues of the day. At times, you may not agree. But in the end, you will be energized to pray for America, with the prism of Scripture and a decidedly Godly direction as your guide. Plus, you can blog your comments to every article, have your say.

Read – then pray with an enlightened, more informed viewpoint for your nation and its leaders. 

Backing the Blue

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Trump works to support law enforcement

By Carol Hatcher

The need for law enforcement can be traced back to original sin, when Eve ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. With that one bite and Adam’s shortly thereafter, sin entered the world. And with that sin, came the need for rules, as well as one to enforce them. God drove them out of the garden, and then placed winged angels to guard the gate.

In the later Old Testament, it was judges who made decisions for those with grievances and wrong doings, but today there is also a need for law enforcers.

Recent news items have reported shootings of unarmed individuals by police. The events that surround each of these shootings are often unknown to the public, but media has thrown out words like "profiling," saying the officers were specifically targeting black individuals…giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

While years ago, a police officer often had his meal paid for by a thankful citizen, and wearing the badge meant respect, today many aren’t sure who to trust. Police officers themselves have become the target, many losing their lives in the line of duty. Because of this shift, President Trump was vocal at each of his campaign stops in his promise to offer to respect and support of the men and women who risk their lives to protect and serve their communities. "We must build bridges of cooperation and trust — not drive the wedge of disunity and division," he said.

One statistic showed investigative stops were down by 90 percent in 2016 in the city of Chicago. Police there report they are afraid to pull people over. This decline in morale is echoed in the shortage of law enforcement staffing in larger cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

"Police and sheriffs are members of our community. They are friends and neighbors, they are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters," President Trump said in an address to the Congress. "We must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement."

His address echoed the sentiment issued by his administration his first week in office. "The Trump Administration, will be a law and order administration. President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it."

Chuck Canterbury, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, is optimistic. "I can promise that if we have a president who is speaking about protecting the lives of police officers, that the membership is going to be supportive of him. No police officer took an oath that said, ‘I agree to support and defend the Constitution and to get my butt whipped.’"

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that not all Americans agree. They feel many in law enforcement have misused power and not been held accountable for their actions, and many among them are seeking redress.

President Trump has a monumental task before him. Through Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice, he must reveal an evenhandedness in those situations where there has been an abuse of power, trusting the American judicial system to decide which cases were mishandled. But, he must also work to bring back to the citizens of this country trust and respect for those in law enforcement. The men and women in blue are depending on him to empower them to continue serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation.

As Christ followers, remember the words of Timothy and let them move you to pray. "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

As the Lord leads, pray:

•For Americans to "lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way."

•For President Trump as he seeks to encourage and support police officers.

•For the protection of both the officers and the citizens in areas where tensions run high.

Carol Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned speaker and writer. She has contributed to many books and magazines and is a regular contributor to the Vantage Point devotional series. This southern belle lives with her husband and three children in Commerce, GA.


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