Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This is why!

Some things just frustrate, even anger me.  Today is going to be a "Soap Box" day for me.

Not too long ago, we were gathered together with several family members.  Two of the young adults present began to rudely question my husband, who is a police officer.  In an accusing manner, they insinuated that police over step their boundaries, profile people, have no right to search and question the way that they do.  I wanted to stand up and defend my husband, but he insisted that it was a "perception" problem.  I understand.

We all perceive things differently, given the choices we've made for our lives.  I don't feel harrassed by the police.  Why?  Well, I don't speed, and I don't drive around without a license plate, or with my lights burnt out, or a cracked windshield, or a suspended license, I don't carry illegal substances, etc...  In addition, IF for some reason, I did get pulled over, I would be calm and respectful, as I am not trying to hide anything.  It is those who are feeling guilty that tend to become defensive and upset by the way law enforcement handle situtations.

My husband and I talk about his work, his day, each and every aspect of it.  I understand the caution that is needed in EVERY situation.  You may ask why an officer approaches your car so slowly when you get pulled over.  Why does he question you?  Why does he ask you to turn your car off?  Can you just do me a favor, and understand it is for his own safety and protection.  Every single thing a police officer encounters could possibly be a dangerous, even deadly, situation.  They cannot afford to relax or take any moment as "no big deal".

Five, sometimes six, days a week,  my husband puts on a bullet proof vest, a uniform, and secures a heavy gunbelt around his waist.  I have become quite use to seeing him this way, it's a normal way of life for us.  I hug him, kiss him, hand him his lunch and wave from the doorway.  I pray for him to be safe and be returned home to me.  However, I don't often think deeply of the reality of what that means.  He tells me that he is safer than most people out there, as he is armed.  However, I know that most people out there aren't always the target, and officers often are.

Just two days ago during a routine traffic stop in Tampa, two police officers were shot dead. 

A woman in her 9th month of pregnancy will never see her husband again, a child will never know his father.  Another woman is comforting her four sons, all under the age of 10, their hero will never come home again.  My heart breaks.

Why?  Why do they question?  Why are they cautious?  Why do they search?  This is why.  Because of sin.

So, to those brash, rude, young men who dared to question my husband the way they did.  It is for his safety.  I love him.  I want him to come home each day.  Why don't you straighten out your life, stop speeding, stop breaking the law, stop having a rebellious heart.  Open the pages of that dusty bible and return to what you were taught as children.  Maybe then you won't question so much.  Maybe then you will understand.

"But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."  Romans 6:17-18


  1. You go girl!!
    Tell your Amazingly brave and courageous husband that we THANK him for all that he does.

    People can be so ignorant sometimes. Though they would question/confront him like that.. they sure would want him rescuing him if a burglar came into their home or they were every attacked.

    May God richly bless and protect your husband as he puts his life on the line each day.

    May you find peace knowing that God is your protector just as He is your husbands..

    Love ya!

  2. I am so there with you my friend!! I thank the Lord for men and women who have the heart your husband has to make our world a safer place!!

    Keeping you all in my prayers!!

    Love and Blessings

  3. Oh Kathy! My heart BREAKS for these families!!!! Police men and women, Fire men and women (my brother is a captain) and all who serve to Protect us in some form or another Give everyday and sacrifice as do their families!
    Thank you for all you do~ both of you!! Praying for your DH safety as well! and praying for these families! May the Lord Comfort and guide them in ALL their days to come! Those poor babies ~ It just kills me to think they won't see or know their daddy!

  4. Hear, hear! A year or so before I met Duller, I dated - and nearly married - a police officer. Yes, there are some out there who are cocky and some who are crooked. (Oh, I could tell ya stories... wait, you could probably tell me a few!) But most are truly trying their best to serve and protect.

    And mega--dittoes... the ones who are guilty of something are the ones who complain the loudest.

    OK, I'll refrain from yanking that soap box out from under you so I can climb up, lol!

    Love ya loads, sweet thang!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  5. I am so glad that they are cautious. I know it is for their safety and ours. I am so Thankful for those that do jobs that put their safety on the line daily to keep us all safe.
    That is so very sad about those police officers. It is horrible.
    Thank you for sharing this post.