Christians everywhere are outraged after learning why these cops are being persecuted. At first I thought it was a joke. But as I read on I realized that now more than ever — we must join together and pray for the Police Officers of America.
In a video that’s since gone viral, two Highway Patrol officers are seen praying with several homeless people. Their actions have triggered both praise and outrage alike — and no, the ‘outrage’ part is not a joke.
In the video — which has over 2 million views — two Oakland officers say a brief prayer with several homeless people, then proceed to give them food and water taken from a patrol car. It’s quite beautiful!
Luis Ortega, a community liaison at the City of Oakland Council Office, posted the video on his Facebook page with the caption:
“CHP – Golden Gate Division praying and handing out lunches to those without homes. Today with El Protector Officer Custodio Lopez and the Public Information Officer John Fransen in action with compassion. THANK YOU to Oakland Merchants Association (OMA) and to the CHP Officers for buying the meals.”
Watch the beautiful moment in the video below:
But despite their kindness, generosity, and genuine concern for the homeless men and women in their community, these officers are now facing backlash for displaying their faith while on the clock.
The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center issued a press release warning that the police officers’ prayer while on duty violated the Establishment of Religion Clause in the First Amendment. The statement read:
“Highway patrol officers’ proselytizing on the job, in addition to advertising such activity on social media, clearly endorses religion thus violating the state and federal Constitutions,” Monica Miller, a lawyer for the group, said in the release. “Numerous citizens and taxpayers object to this religious promotion, and we insist that the California Highway Patrol prevent future incidents like this one.” Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, added: “Law enforcement has a duty to protect, not convert. When officers lead prayers on duty, they send an intimidating message to nonreligious citizens who may feel pressured to participate in religion and may feel unsafe in their own communities.”
These police officers need our prayers and support! Please pray for these men of faith as they face persecution and scrutiny from every side.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
Please share if you stand with the Police Officers of America and think they deserve the right to pray while on the job!
A Police Officer’s Prayer
“Oh Lord, while I’m on my beat
May I know that You’re with me,
And protect me as I go to guard
Other’s lives and property.
Help me ignore those who scorn
And show me no respect,
But be mindful of all citizens
I’ve sworn to protect.
Be with my fellow officers
And guard their safety too,
May I always put duty first
In the work that I must do.
May I not disgrace the uniform
But bring pride to the badge I wear,
That I’d be a good policeman, Lord
Would be my only prayer.