An Open Letter to Our Police and Military

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. US Constitution Preamble

Let me preface this by saying that I am NOT anti-military or anti-police. I am pro-liberty and an advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

Dear Military and law enforcement personnel:

I would first like to thank you for your dedication and service to our communities and to our country. For those of you whose heart-felt desire is to “protect and serve” you are the ones to whom the Apostle Paul is referring in Romans 13:4 as a minister of God. Again, I applaud you and I also would like to thank your family for supporting you and the sacrifice that you are making.

However, we live in a society and amongst a culture of passivity rather than proactive behavior. Many of us watch things happen, while very few make things happen. This leads me to my thoughts about how laws and what kind of laws are enforced. Like all Americans, police officers and military personnel have families for which to care and bills to pay. But our public servants responsibility to the community and the nation is different from everyone else's. As the Apostle Paul stated in the above verse, you are ministers of God, and that title brings with it a lot more accountability. When that uniform and/or badge is put on, you are acting as the God of Heaven's authorized representative to promote justice and equity, and to punish the lawbreakers. You are no longer just working for a paycheck. You have more than just a job to do; you now have a specific duty to fulfill with all of Heaven backing you. Protect and serve isn't just a motto, it is a committment.


“I am just doing my job” is an all-purpose excuse by those who don't want to take responsibility for their own actions or even consider that what they're doing might be wrong. Would you purposefully perform a duty that you knew to be morally wrong? People who use this phrase diminish their humanity by surrendering their ability to make reasonable choices and moral decisions. Using this phrase makes you a cog in the corporate machine with no more choice or responsibility than a phone or a tea bag. Whenever I hear police and military personnel say “I'm just doing my job,” it makes me want to cringe. I don't want you to just do your jobs, and you shouldn't just want to do a job. Doing a job is the reason we have automated technology, like computers, robots and electronic checkout counters at the grocery store. It just does what it is told to do. It doesn't think, use reasoning, and it doesn't have feelings or common sense. This type of sentiment is counterproductive as far as humanity is concerned. Unfortunately, “to just do a job” is a very common thing in our society by cops who harass drivers, soldiers who burn down villages and napalm children, utility workers who cut off power to elderly widows, telephone solicitors who call you during dinner, network administrators who work at spammer ISPs, and many others. Sometimes, just doing your job isn't sinister, but sometimes “just doing your job” isn't the right thing to do deep down in your heart. Remember, we are humans.

I was in the Philadelphia International Airport a few months ago and I politely confronted several military travelers who were sitting next to me. They were all very friendly men, but when I asked them to give me their opinions about the 2008 US Presidential election, the state of the war, and the lies that we were told about the war; and they suddenly gave me a “deer-stunned-in-the-headlights” look. One guy tried to challenge me and said that he was doing what the Commander-in-Chief ordered the military to do. Then I asked him if the President or the Congress has the Constitutional authority to declare war. He didn't know. Then I asked him if the President wanted to go to war to enforce UN resolutions or was it a Congressional declaration of war? At this point, he was really confused. Then I wondered to myself, “How can this guy challenge me and claim to be fighting to protect and to defend the Constitution if he doesn't know what the Constitution says?” Then the presumptive leader of the group jumped in and said that he has his own opinion of things and that he discusses them with his wife only. I asked him if he agreed with Congressman Ron Paul's stance to bring the troops home immediately. The soldier refused to answer the question. Then I asked him if he knew that Ron Paul has received more military donations than any other candidate. Again, he gave me no comment; but he and other military personnel have told me that they can't have a public opinion on these types of matters. Then I told him that he willingly gave up his 1st Amendment right to free speech. By this point, I was very polite on the outside, but I began to get subtly disgusted with these guys on the inside. So I wished them well, and they caught their flight.

I started to wonder what kind of nation we really have if these are the types of people who are supposedly defending and upholding the US Constitution. These troops were very nice and respectful, but you can tell that they were struggling on the inside. They weren't free. They surrendered a portion of their freedom to serve in the military. I am not mad at them, per se. I am glad that they willingly want to serve our country, but I am just concerned about how some of us deal with and perceive truth. I have been told many times (by military personnel) that I would have never made it in the military because I question things too much. Well, that's just me. I'm not going to do something that my superiors tell me if they can't justify why I should do it, legally. The only being who gets my blind and unquestioned obedience is Jesus Christ. I respect my parents as well, but I won't even obey them unless I'm clear about the specific situation.

As I thought about the encounter with the military men, I got a little more upset, and started thinking about various examples that I have seen and heard about US troops (not the guys from the airport) and other military personnel committing atrocious acts around the world, such as: UN peacekeepers raping women and children; our troops torturing people in Iraq and Camp X-Ray; soldiers smuggling drugs; Nazi soldiers murdering millions of people; troops being a catalyst for illegal drug production; and US soldiers raping and murdering in Iraq. What happened to some of our servicemen and women? How did some of these people become so mind-warped? A few bad apples doesn't spoil the whole bunch; but Galatians 5:9 states that “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” This mindset to be tyrannical and commandeering is truly an unhealthy state of mind for our public servants. The ones who did these horrible things may have started out doing subtle wrongs, little white lies, or mistreating people, etc. Who knows? The Bible calls them the little foxes (Song of Solomon 2:15). My hope is that these same servicemen that I met in the airport wouldn't become the victims of their own ignorance.

“Our peers in uniform cannot defend our nation and people from enemies who they do not know and recognize. Our work at our two police and military organizations is to help our peers know the enemy.”–Officer Jack McLamb, Ret.
The military oath taken at the time of induction reads:
“I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God”
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 809.ART.90 (20), makes it clear that military personnel need to obey the “lawful command of his superior officer,” 891.ART.91 (2), the “lawful order of a warrant officer”, 892.ART.92 (1) the “lawful general order”, 892.ART.92 (2) “lawful order”. In each case, military personnel have an obligation and a duty to only obey Lawful orders and indeed have an obligation to disobey Unlawful orders, including orders by the president that do not comply with the UCMJ. The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders, especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ.Members of the armed forces are sworn to protect the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. They are also sworn to obey all LAWFUL orders and have an affirmative duty to DISOBEY all UNLAWFUL orders.

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Even when the U.S. tried Nazi war criminals, the lame excuse that they used was that they were “following orders.” This defense for their war crimes was not acceptable. Their “following orders” resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent men, women, and children. “In 1953, the Department of Defense adopted the principles of the Nuremberg Code as official policy” of the United States. (Hasting Center Report, March-April 1991)
Our society has been propagandized by popular TV shows like 24, and Law and Order. These shows and others continually rehearse how law enforcement bends the rules, and that the “end justifies the means.” We also see establishment people in America like John Yoo, Alan Dershowitz, Pat Buchanan and others advocating torture and many barbaric practices that the founders of this nation considered abhorrent.

Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.”– George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the United States Bill of Rights, prohibits excessive bail or fines, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.

Domestically, many of our police officers are lining our streets and highways with radar guns and road checkpoints. Sometimes, their goal is not to stop drug trafficking, rape, theft, murder or violent acts; they are looking to cite people for frivolous infractions, like not wearing a seatbelt, or speeding; and use that to violate our 4th Amendment right to illegal search and seizure (a right to privacy). However, there are times when these stops do expose people who are or are about to do wrong. So I thank God for that. But we need to make sure that our public servants remember their role: they are OUR servants. They don't own us; we pay their salaries and they work for THE PEOPLE. As Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address: “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” We, the people, are the boss. I have even heard police officers calling the citizens “civilians,” in a condescending way. Why are police officers calling us civilians? They are as much civilians as we are. The only people who aren't civilians are active military. So again, from where does this mind warp come?
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.Mark 10:44

I was in Dallas a few years ago and I was given a $200.00+ ticket because I missed my turn on Interstate 20 and I barely crossed a double line on the ramp. The cop was right there salivating as he ordered me to pull over. When I went to go and pay the ticket sometime later, I was amazed at how many other people were there with cash-in-hand to pay their fines, tickets and fees. The City of Dallas was exposed in setting goals in parking ticket collections. What if the City of Dallas and other cities across the country were spending this same effort on ridding our cities of drugs and corruption rather than getting money from us? The City of Atlanta has used its resources to keep kids from wearing their pants too low. The people who walk around in this manner are clearly irresponsible, but if our public servants continue to cut off branches, while the root of the tree is dead, then we are wasting valuable time and money. Let's focus more attention on ridding our communities of drug dealers, thieves, rapists, murderers, and other hardcore criminals first. Then, we can focus on those evil seatbelt offenders, those criminal parking meter violators, and those heinous speedsters who have no regard for speed limit signs. I am employing some sarcasm, but we need for our public servants to stand up and show some humanity, while they are “doing their job.” Now please don't misunderstand, I have encountered some very nice military personnel and cops that are very much aware of what is going on. They are not in 100% agreement with everything their superiors say, but they are doing there part, as best as they can to change things from the inside. This is great! But there are those compartmentalized ones who “can't see the forest for the trees.” Those are the people that need to be reached. Those who maybe psychotic and love being jackbooted stormtroopers who harrass people and call us “civilians” when we don't submit to their every whim.

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.– Proverbs 29:2

Public servants, please get another view of yourselves and the society in which we live. You aren't just doing a job; you aren't just earning a paycheck. Whether you are a Christian or not, you are working for God as one of his ministers. We need your honorable commitment to do the right thing, at all times. Please don't be blindly obedient; please report the criminal elements within your ranks to their superiors. We don't want you to confiscate law-abiding citizens guns; we don't want you to taser people unnecessarily; we don't want you to act like criminals; and don't deal with drugs.

“The television program '60 Minutes' aired a chilling account of several police operations in which masked commando-style officers killed, wounded, and terrorized citizens in raids which turned out to be cases of mistaken addresses or other bogus information. Repeated incidents such as these have caused a real deterioration in the relationship between police and the general public. Something needs to be done to change the perception that police are punishers and enforcers, rather than protectors of the people.”–Officer Jack McLamb, Ret.

Remember Hosea 8:7, if you sow the wind, you will reap a whirlwind. You may feel like you are powerless to make a difference, or you may actually feel empowered by this authority. Your family and/or your friends may inadvertently get caught up in this system that you and your contemporaries should proactively resist. Don't let the leaven in the military and the police departments tarnish your good name, your good intentions, and your good works. Be a light in a dark place; be the hope in the midst of despair; be a breath of fresh air in a filthy society. Thank you for your time in this matter.

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