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My “Ah-Ha!” Moment
SOMETIMES it’s easy to compartmentalize your life and take on a different persona for each area—job, family, outside activities, church. As a professional ...

MY “AH-HA!” MOMENT

Jeffrey P. Rush, Deputy Sheriff

Jefferson County, AL, Sheriff’s Office

SOMETIMES it’s easy to compartmentalize your life and take on a different persona for each area—job, family, outside activities, church. As a professional I’ve worn a law enforcement badge for more than thirty years, trying to live in an honorable way. But somehow in the process I hadn’t put it all together—policing and being a godly man are one and the same. When I finally did, it was my “ah-ha!” moment, and it changed my life.

As a criminal justice professor I study a lot. In his book No More Christian Nice Guy, author Paul Coughlin wrote about thumos, a Greek word often translated as “spiritedness” or “passion.” He helped me understand that the “passion” I had for my life as a law enforcement professional should be demonstrated with exuberance in all my roles—husband, father, criminal justice professor, and, through all, “Christian.”

Policing is God-ordained, and so is my role as a man. God destined me to be a man, and he called me into law enforcement. He never meant for me to separate the two but to manifest godliness in every aspect of my life. What I do and who I am are so intertwined they are inseparable. There can be no division in my life between being on- or off-duty: the same characteristics, principles, values, concerns, passions, and love for God and man could not be compartmentalized.

Policing is a difficult profession with much toxicity: the stuff we see and deal with, the stuff we cannot remove—all are toxic. Being a man of Christ doesn’t remove the toxicities, but it does help manage them in a much more positive way. Most police agencies have policy and procedure manuals detailing how personnel are to act and respond in a variety of situations. The Bible is the Christian “policy and procedure manual” for how Christian officers should respond to the toxicities of our work. All we have to do is read it and put God’s principles to work. The job may not be any easier, but our lives are when we live “24/7” according to God’s “playbook.” In times of crisis an officer always wants a caring and capable partner. We have that in Christ; he always has our back!

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