In 1994 while working as a police officer in a suburban Detroit police department I was told to report to the Deputy Chiefs office. The first thing that went through my mind was “what did I do now.” I did my best to avoid this individual although I did pray for him and other authorities on the department often. This Deputy Chief was not a self proclaimed atheist, but he did know I was a non compromising Christian. This Deputy Chief had even chastised me in front of other officers stating “I Hate The Lord!”
I never reacted too much to his comments, because I am not the Lord, the Deputy Chief’s battle was with the Lord, I was only a representative and I knew the Lord would fight this battle anyway. I have to be honest though, there were a couple times I had hoped the deputy chief would be struck by lightning on the spot or experience some other significant emotional event. That never happened and that’s why I am not the Lord, the Lord knows a whole lot more about grace and mercy than I do and I like it that way because he has sure given it to me over the years.
Let me also remind you that my Chief had ordered me not to mention God or Jesus while in uniform, deleted God out of the departmental police code of ethics and further advised me that there is no connection between God and the Police. Not the best chain of command, but that’s where God wanted me at that time in my life and let me tell you God used both of these individuals to grow me up in faith rather quickly.
Well now I stepped into the Deputy Chiefs office and he was unreasonably polite asking me to sit down. I sat down and he explained to me that there was an opening in the youth bureau. He further said that I was the best people person on the department and I was his choice, under one condition. I asked what the condition was and he said, “that you not share your faith.” I told him that my people skills were a result of my faith in Jesus Christ and I can’t agree to that, but I am interested in the position. He excused me from his office, I applied for the position and did not get it. I did get more persecution and eventually resigned, choosing to obey God and not man.
Now God did not act as quickly as I thought he would, but he did act in His perfect time. In 1996 I accepted a position with the Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer and in 1997 I took a transfer to the west side of the state 100 miles away. Then in 2001 I returned to police work accepting a part-time position for a small city on the west side of the county I lived in and in 2002 God showed me what he showed the Deputy Chief in 1994.
I was recruited by the local Sheriff and Superintendent of schools and hired as a part-time deputy sheriff and assigned to local schools as a liaison, responsible for K-12 in my community.
God Is Good All The Time!
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.