A thin blue line runs through our family, and we are the better for it. He daily buttons shirt over Kevlar vest and belts up with the controversial tools of his trade; we salute him and the other men and women who perform their thankless duty for embarrassingly small pay in the face of enormous cultural opposition. It is far from easy, but our son-in-law sees public safety as God’s call on his life, and he somehow finds a way to compassionately serve while firmly standing against all that’s wrong in our city. He stands tall as a blue example of strength and beauty, compassion and resolve, apparent contradictions that are required for a police officer who serves “as unto the Lord.”
The Gospel is Good News because it is a narrative of grace custom fit for each individual. None of us are cast in another’s mold; Jesus comes and interacts with my story. If he finds me cooperative and compliant, over time I start to look like him. Christianity is never forceful, but it is not passive. Christ refuses to push the issue against my will; he bends instead of breaks.
“Christ was crucified because he would have nothing to do with the crowd (even though he addressed himself to all). He did not want to form a party, an interest group, or a mass movement, but wanted to be what he was, the truth, which is related to the single individual.”
~Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations