Seems like every day in Albuquerque there is a report of some kind of corruption in a law enforcement department. Recently, local NBC news affiliate KOB channel 4 reported that a Bernalillo County corrections officer was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct.
This allegation comes on the wings of reports of other public officials that have been arrested for robbery, battery, disorderly drunken conduct, driving while intoxicated, kidnapping, drug dealing and a list of dozens of other offenses. This conduct and corruption is not limited to the police on the street, it goes all the way to top management. Now this is not to say that all law enforcement officers are corrupt, but the truth of the matter is that those that are the “good cops” fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones should they speak out against the “bad cops”.
Several years ago some folks got together and documented events in an effort to show how New Mexico citizens live in fear of their police. This is an amazing and appalling list that just goes to prove that when such behavior is continually covered up it just gets worse.
Two Biblical concepts come to mind in light of this corruption. One is that God has ordained the rulers that are placed over us and that they are not supposed to be a terror to good works, but to the evil. The passage in Romans 13:1-5 goes on to say that we should not fear them as long as we do good. And it concludes to say that we must be subject for conscience sake.
While this is the standard by which we should live, does this give those officers (the representatives of the rulers) license to break the law? Of course not! The Bible also holds those in the law enforcement positions to a standard. The Bible says that we should: “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17). The police are not exempt from this command. They should honor ALL men; even those that they believe are criminals.
The behavior of the law enforcement in and around Albuquerque is rooted in the sin of pride. The power that has been given to the law enforcement personnel has become an ugly monster that is destroying our families. It begins in the city, propagates to the county, infects the state and devastates the nation.
It is sad to see that people do not feel safe in this city. This is a sign of the times. It is written: “And because iniquity [SIN] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12). Regardless of the behavior of our protectors, we have no excuse to rebel. We are called to cooperate and with the help of our Almighty Father the darkness in this city will be uncovered and justice shall prevail. The time is now for God’s people to stand up for what is right.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”(1 Chronicles 7:14)
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