The Criminal and the Colleague

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The Criminal and the Colleague
The treatment of people should be held to the heavenly standard regardless of whether they are criminals or colleagues. We should look to the human personality aspects before making a decision and speaking to people. This essay is an attempt to show how the Christian belief that mankind is created in the image of God effects that way law enforcement interacts with people.

The Criminal
As a police officer you are exposed to the worst situations and people at their lowest points. One of the tasks I have as a State Trooper assign to the Forensic Services Unit, like the television show CSI, is the registration of Megan’s Law sex offenders. These sex offenders range from rapists to child predators. In the performance of my job I do not judge them on what they have done, although it would be easy to fall in to that trap. The fact that I am a Christian first and foremost allows me to look past that persons offenses (sin) and treat them with respect and professionalism. This is because every person is created in the image of God whether they are a convicted criminal or law abiding citizen. “If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:20-12, New international Version) It is of paramount importance that as Christians we live our lives not only by a heavenly standard “The standard is that a believer should conduct his lie in this earthly world by the principles God has bestowed upon him in the heavenly world.” (Towns, 2007, p. 62) Therefore, we must treat others using the same standard th...

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...rror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” (Rom 13:3-4, New International Version) It is not only our duty to the public who we serve; it is of a much higher responsibility to serve God in the war against evil.

Works Cited (2014). Retrieved from
Etzel, G., & Gutierrez, B. (2012). Human Personality. Praxis: Beyond Theory (). Virginia Beach, Va.: Academx Publishing Services, Inc.

Towns, E. L. (2007). Core Christianity: What is Christianity all about?. Chattanooga, Tenn: AMG Publishers.
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