Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kaepernick, Cops, and the Truth About America

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)


Devotional Before Oath of Office


Officers Matthew Korn and Mark “Rich” Weiland

Belvidere Police Department
Boone County Sheriff’s Department

City Hall
Belvidere, Illinois
September 21, 2016

I’ve been a Kopp all of my life.

            Get it?

            Sounds like…

            Anyway, I’ve been a police chaplain, more on than off, since 1978.

            First appointed by Mayor Bernie Yarusavage of Clark, New Jersey and then about 11 years ago by Belvidere’s Mayor Fred Brereton, it’s been a fulfilling and joyful part of my life and ministry.

            So I love Kopps with a K and cops with a C even if nobody but me finds any humor in that.

            Now that I’m within 20 years or more of retirement after over four decades in the business – more psyched than ever before to point people to Jesus for existential encouragement and eternal certainty – and won’t leave our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main unless assassinated or Grandpa Jacob’s cancer genes catch up with me, I tend to tell the truth as I see it with the promise that I will confess my errors, repent, and ask forgiveness if shown otherwise by Jesus, the Bible, and common sense.

            While it may hold true for some Kopps with a K, I think cops with a C have it tougher than ever before because of a very, very, very small group of buffoons who are given sooooooo much attention because they have such big mouths enabled by recklessly egocentric and incendiary America-haters in media, politics, churches, education, and entertainment.

            If you don’t know what I mean by that, you’re ignorant, deceived, defiant, apathetic, or co-conspiratorial with those dedicated to destroying America.

            Or as my biker buddies like to say, if you don’t know what I mean by that, you’re too dense to get it and I’m not going to waste my time trying to lift your fog.

            Instead, let’s talk about the responsibility of law enforcement juxtaposed to our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and those amendments called the Bill of Rights; and let’s just sum it up by saying everybody’s free in America to be who she or he is designed by God to be with the proviso that law enforcement officers are charged to make sure one person’s freedom doesn’t inhibit or infringe upon another person’s freedom which is why police enforce laws to keep it that way.

            Or something like that.

            That brings me to Colin Kaepernick.

            You know the story; so I’m not going to spend any time regurgitating his superficial silliness ridiculing, demeaning, defaming, and lying about the only nation on the planet where everybody’s got a chance to be free with no respect to color, class, or culture.

            I’m just going to say, yes, he has the right to be a buffoon.

            You, as law enforcement officers, have a responsibility to protect him from those insulted by his right to be a buffoon.

            As the youngster bites the hand that has been feeding him – Check out his story and you’ll be amazed by his lack of gratitude for what America has done for him and just about everybody else who’s embraced American values! – we have a right to say he’s a buffoon.

            You, as law enforcement officers, have a responsibility to protect us from those insulted by our right to say he’s a buffoon.

            Getting very specific, Kaepernick has been especially critical of police; exaggerating the miscreance of a very, very, very miniscule few to a level betraying his pejorative personal pathology.

            In other words, while he’s obviously wrong, he’s not apathetic about human rights at best  but ignorant, deceived, defiant, or co-conspiratorial with America-haters at minimum.

            Again, if I can be proven wrong, I will confess, repent, and beg forgiveness; but my research and experience lead me to conclude law enforcement officers have a record of miscreance far below politicians, professors, clergy, lawyers, educators, entertainers, and newswomen/men.

            So what does this have to do with our new officers?

            It means most people know Kaepernick and his enablers are buffoons, affirm and appreciate law enforcement officers with affection, and praise God for the privilege to live in a nation under Him where law enforcement is among the most noble of ministries.

            Quoting Paul, it means law enforcement is a call from God to serve Him by protecting citizens from evildoers encouraged and enabled by buffoons who forget our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights are all about the freedom of self-determination with respect to everyone else’s freedom of self-determination: “Let us not grow weary of doing good…Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.  Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.”

            Let us pray.

            Thank You, God, for the privilege of law enforcement as a sacred calling to honor You by protecting freedoms enfleshed in Jesus, explained in Holy Scripture, and expressed in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  As we beg Your most excellent encouragement as Holy Spirit, help us to be Your accomplices of affirmation and affection for officers Matthew Korn and Rich Weiland in tandem with our Mayor and Council, municipal employees, firefighters, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Sheriff, incumbent and newly elected State’s Attorneys, Judges, public servants, and citizenry dedicated to the highest values of America inspired and guided by Holy Scripture in the name of Jesus.  Amen.


Blessings and Love!


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