Total depravity is certainly a foundation of Christian teaching on man, and even a traditionalist/Arminian has some concept of depravity. The notion appears hard to accept but as our culture descends into Romans 1, it is increasingly apparent that so too will our law enforcement. And so police will be a means of rewarding evil and punishing good.
It is a shame that this is controversial position among conservatives and perhaps even more so Christians. Yet even after 2020, many will still back the blue, believing in a concept that no longer exist in perhaps most places in our culture. That concept is law enforcement, a concept everyone should support. However, what happens when a country is driven by technocratic mob rule as opposed to governed by law? The police in most instances will simply follow the mob and collect a paycheck.
In 2020, we learned that tyrannical governors imposed unlawful edicts only for the complicity of the state and local law enforcement mechanisms to further legitimize lawlessness. We saw too few sheriff departments stand up for their constituents. We’ve seen numerous embarrassing viral videos of law enforcement punishing what is not evil.
2020 is a revealing year, a year revealing massive underlying problems that stem from top to bottom. But it is not all that surprising as it is disappointing and saddening. We knew that federal law enforcement is exceedingly partial. They will shaft men like Michael Flynn and sandbag a laptop with incriminating evidence. In the event they do capture a Jeffrey Epstein, they let him get assassinated and pretend like nothing even happened.
We act like things are so much different at a local level, but the stakes are far pettier. HBO came out with The Wire several years ago, a story detailing the struggles of the Baltimore Police Department. It is a fascinating and realistic depiction of human nature. Big city police departments are notoriously corrupt. I was doing missions work in New York City, and was talking to a Christian there, and he had a far more antagonistic view towards the NYPD, for reasons that I think were related to brutality.
Maybe his criticisms were unfounded, but NYPD had stop and risk and broken widows theory, so maybe these created a divide that would ultimately lead to the NYPD currently playing Warsaw Ghetto with Jewish neighborhoods. Other areas, around where I live, it’s clear to me that police mainly exist to generate revenue for the county. And during lockdowns, local governments were lamenting their revenue shortfalls from lack of taxes (fines) collected from police. We have some major issues with policing in this country, and it has little to do with Black Lives Matter, except for that movement’s negative contributions to policing.
A lot of the issues come from the legal system. Courts believe they can determine their own jurisdiction. Then, there is the balancing of investigation with individual liberties. But the main issue is that we have forgotten the source of the law. Every legal system should strive to align as closely to the original source of the law as possible. America was founded on this belief: that God is the source of law, that there is a higher law. This was understood during the Nuremberg Trials, so “I was following orders” was a pitiful excuse.
But our legal system does not recognize a higher law. It redefines, life, marriage,men and women. It’s childish to ask how the Holocaust could have happened, how communist genocides could have happened. A proper biblical anthropology makes this easy to understand. We first thought we knew better than God and now police will be the apparatus that take away our freedoms.
I support law enforcement so I cannot support police.