The THIN BLUE LINE

In the book of Numbers 15:38-41 it states:  Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: (39) And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: (40) That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. (41) I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God. *The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to life. He was wrongly imprisoned for twelve years, in a Texas prison the murder of a Police officer. Adams case was reviewed an additional evidence proved he did not commit the murder. The film’s title comes from the prosecutor’s comment during his closing argument that the police are the “thin blue line” separating society from “anarchy  As I understand it, this term has become prevalent in describing the tenuous line or demarcation that literally protects us all from the evils that would destroy our way of life. It is professionals like yourselves that every day place your lives on the line that me, my family and all who love freedom might have, a comfortable, safe, enjoyable quality of life.

  • While we sleep, you are watching and protecting.
  • When we have a day off, you are patrolling the streets so I might be safe.
  • If there is emanate danger to us, we can flee and cover but you advance and confront the foe.
  • And yes, if we drive too fast you sometimes give out incentives to slow me down and keep me safe!

But what thanks to you get for your commitment? Society offers distain, insults, donut jokes, Barney Fife remarks! Oh but let there be trouble and it’s those same individuals with the smart mouths that say, “Somebody call the PO PO quick!” So please allow me to take a moment to thank you for all you do for me and our community! Thanks for being that Thin Blue Line! If you will notice in the scripture a blue ribbon was to be sewn into the fringe of God’s People, Israel not as decoration, but as a reminder God’s commandments or Laws. That Blue Uniform that you wear looks awesome to me in a parade or presentation.  It signifies your authority. It is an especially wonderful sight to see when one is in peril, needing assistance. But to you it is also a reminder of the Laws which you uphold and enforce. I know the individuals who most detest an officer who abuses his authority, are conscientious officers like yourselves. But we all have to have reminders of who we are and what we represent. You are not just Police Officers, you are Christian Police Officers. As important as ones oath and commitment is …Christ must continue to always be first in your life. Now, that Blue Line Just got even thinner. Satan himself would want you to think that there is a conflict of interest to be an officer and a Christian.  Don’t believe him…he’s lying! One does not in anyway compromise ones ability to do his job by being a Christian…Instead you enhance it. God gives you guidance, strength and wisdom as one of his servants. I had the privilege of praying at the Fallen Offices Commemorative Wall in Nashville several times and one thing in particular I asked God for on behalf of ever officer in the state of Tennessee was to give every officer a special measure of wisdom as they make decisions to maintain Peace in the direst and most dangerous situations! In Proverbs 3:3-7 it says: (3) Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: (4) So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. (5) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (7) Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. In conclusion let me finally say it’s not the uniform that forms this the THIN BLUE LINE, it’s who is in those uniforms.   May God keep you and bless you all! Pastor Mark McCool First Apostolic Church of Knoxville

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