Don’t Let the Arm Chair Quarter Backs Get You Down

2 Timothy 4:16-18

At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

President Obama joined the ranks of “arm chair quarterbacks” the other day when he responded to an incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts without having all the facts. The point is not to delve into the specifics of this incident but rather to illustrate how each day officers find themselves scrutinized for every single action they do or don’t do. It seems as though everyone is an expert after the fact.

The above passage does give hope for each of you who go out with the best of intentions and the peace of mind knowing that the Lord with stand with you if you do the right thing.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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