**Note**Pastor Cuenin is one of the chaplains for the Columbus Police department (CPD). His post this month is a reprint of a post he sent out to the officers.**
We were all horrified by the sheer evil of the tragic killings at the small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Evil is the sobering and daily reality that the CPD faces. It is also evident that we all face evil to some extent and that includes churches and even tiny children. How we respond to the immensity of evil is not trivial as we attempt to make sense out of nonsense. As a Chaplain and Pastor that also does battle with evil, here are three points you need to consider.
- The police serve a very important function as a force for good against evil. We are reminded that the Apostle Paul said in the Bible in Rom.13:3-4, that the police help the evil to be afraid, that they primarily function in the vital capacity as a deterrent to evil, “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”
- There is room in our weapons of warfare to seek divine help. We that serve as Chaplains pray for the CPD and its safety and welfare. We encourage our police force to also be in prayer as they face the daily battles of evil. It is not a sign of weakness to pray but displays our utter need of God to help us. The Bible said that Paul asked prayer to be “delivered from unreasonable and wicked men.” 2Thess.3:2
- The only real assurance that we have of absolute victory of good over evil is the gospel of Jesus Christ. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus is the ultimate answer in dispelling the darkness of sin and wickedness both now and forever. He is our confidence in the battle of evil.