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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Police (10/12/06)

TITLE: That big cop in the sky
By Ed VanDeMark
10/12/06


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That Big Cop in the Sky



“Have you read your company policy handbook lately?”
“Your boss is here to help you succeed.”

“Your mom posted the rules on the refrigerator son. Did you read them?”
“I love you son.”

“You will rue the day you chew gum in my classroom.”
“ I teach because I love kids”

“We don’t play baseball by football rules around here.”
“That just got you ten extra laps.”


“It’s an unspoken rule, everybody knows that.”
“It’s for your own good.”

“Do you read law books for entertainment?”
“I work for the government I’m here to help you.”

Is it any wonder we get nervous when a police car follows us?

“When was the last time you read the Bible cover to cover? Its full of commandments and they aint’ just suggestions boy.”
“Our God is a loving God.”

“Yeah right.”

With everyone out to catch us it is a tough sell to get people to believe that the police are our friends. It’s an even tougher sell to get most people to give up their notion that God is that big cop in the sky.

When we say we are a “civilized nation” we are saying that we live by laws and rules… but sometimes like the Pharisees we make too many Thou Shall edicts. Good bosses, parents, teachers, coaches, sports officials, citizens, judges, cops and Christians have a good sense about when to enforce the rules and the laws and when to be deaf and blind.

Well-applied temporary deafness and blindness from each of us will contribute to giving our police officers the respect that they deserve. It will also help people believe that our God is a loving God.


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Jan Ackerson 10/19/06
This is definitely intriguing. I think your thesis could use more support--perhaps less of the quotations at the beginning, and more elaboration after making your point? It's very much food for thought, and a unique way of looking at the topic.
Rhonda Clark 10/23/06
I agree with Jan, this is a very different twist on the topic. Maybe if you rearranged this, it would make a stronger point.

Good job. You kept my interest.