It is an honorable role to be placed as someone held accountable to serving and protecting a person or a body of people. An honor that requires an intricate balance of power and sacrifice.
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton
Maybe that’s why our Founders drew up documents to balance the distribution of power and then kindly place us all under God. I can only assume they were responding to a history of seeing power exploited and feeling the catastrophic fall out.
Jesus balanced power by not considering himself the source, but more a conduit or a deliverer of power. He claimed to do absolutely nothing without his Father; yet historically, Jesus is considered to be one of the most powerful humans to have walked. His recorded miracles alongside his lasting impact on the masses after his walk are more talked about than any other historical figure that has lived.
His followers, Christians, have varying reputations. Some people have had a good experience with them. They’ve been fed by them, clothed by them, and taken in by them when they found themselves down and out. Others have been rejected by them, called names by them, and public humiliated by them. Regardless of their actions, these followers have been commanded to love and to serve people sacrificially with their words and deeds. Christ himself left all Christians a “code” in which to live by.
Honor isn’t a title on a uniform or a verse on a t-shirt. Honor is a virtue bestowed upon the individual that authentically lives up to the “code” of the title. Our society houses honorable Christians and dishonorable Christians, honorable parents and dishonorable parents, honorable politicians and dishonorable politicians, and lastly honorable policemen (and women) and dishonorable policemen (and women).
To those courageous individuals who have chosen to serve and protect and live according to a sacrificial “code.” Thank you.