“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3.12
This story made me feel some kind of way. We live in such a contradictory time. It’s okay that American currency boasts In God We Trust or that our local newspaper prints a daily prayer. At the first sign of trouble people have no qualms about calling on the name of God. And let’s not forget what happens when one is sworn into office or when we testify in a court of law.
Yet it seems we are not welcomed to ever mention Him outside of those few circumstances. We must be politically correct at all times lest we offend the masses.
I get it that he was at work, however, are we supposed to pick and choose when we are Christian?
The trooper stated that God told him specifically to address her. Was he supposed to ignore the voice of the Lord because he was on duty? Richard Waples, the civil rights attorney involved in the case stated “When he’s engaged in the official acts of his job, especially when he’s a police officer, those kinds of stops are inherently coercive. That is not the time to be talking to people about their religion.” My question remains, when is the right time? He may have never encountered that lady again.
I sometimes have my Bible on my desk at work and there is even one on my classroom bookshelf. From time to time a student will say “You can’t have that on your desk.” I simply explain that I can as long as I’m not teaching from it. Most of my students know that I am a Christian and if they ask me a question about my religion, I answer truthfully. However, I do not bring it up unless they do in fear of violating somebody’s civil rights. Or offending them in our extremely sensitive environment although the Bible admonishes us not to be overly offended.
Trooper Hamilton spoke with a local news station regarding his termination and did not feel as if he did anything wrong. “Oh well…I’m just following what the Lord told me to do and you can’t change what the Lord tells you to do. So if the Lord tells me to speak about Jesus Christ, I do.”
What would you have done?