A police officer had found the perfect hiding place for watching for speeders on a long, straight stretch of road. After several successful, busy days of writing tickets, he noticed that everyone passing by was at or under the speed limit.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.” —Romans 13:1
Growing suspicious, he asked another officer to drive the stretch of road to check things out. Soon, the officer pulled up and informed his partner that he had found two grade school age boys that had taken advantage of the speed trap.
The first boy was standing a hundred yards down the road on the shoulder, holding a sign that read “SPEED TRAP AHEAD.” Then about a hundred yards past the officer was his accomplice, holding a second sign that read “TIPS HERE.” There was a bucket beside him full of ones, fives, and tens from grateful drivers. The officers quickly broke up the boys’ “ring” and informed their parents.
Badges, police cars, weapons, and uniforms are the items that a city, county, or state gives a man or woman to display the fact that they are law enforcement officers. But there is another invisible quality given to these officers—authority.
Authority stands behind the badge, the gun, the car, or the uniform. It creates the grace to handle a mischievous boy or the power to apprehend a threatening criminal. As respect for authority erodes in our culture, let us uphold honor and valor in our area of service. Today’s story is humorous, but may we be known as those who uphold respect for all—particularly those in authority over us.
LORD GOD, You are my ultimate authority. I know You have placed all authorities. Help me to respect whether I support or disagree.