Can a Cop Be a Christian? Chuck Gilliland Responds on Michael Easley’s “In Context” Radio

GillilandChuck Gilliland, President of the National Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and Sergeant with the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Police, was recently featured as a guest on Michael Easley’s “In Context” radio program – a program that focuses on living “in context” as a believer in your particular profession.  He did an excellent job of explaining the role of the believer who serves in context as a law enforcement professional, and even answers critics who assert that being a Christian and being a Cop are antithetical to one another.

EASLEY: The Apostle Paul when he wrote the letter to Rome arguably his most doctrinaire book writes some very practical instructions in the last half of the book. In chapter 13 he begins, Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities for there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. The passage we don’t like to read. We don’t like to think about following authority. Today in the studio we have the privilege of having Chuck Gilliland. Chuck is the president of the National Board of Directors of The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Chuck is that an oxymoron? Christian Peace Officers?

GILLILAND: Believe it or not, we hear it alot. I get emails constantly. Can a police officer be a Christian? There was a guy that wrote a book. I won’t give his name or the book because the premise was military and police officers cannot be Christians.He tried to make a lot of arguments to prove his point. No,I believe that every police officer should be a Christian. Of course I believe every person should be a Christian.

E: You know it’s interesting in the New Testament especially, whenever we are dealing with a soldier, which would be an equivalent I would argue, probably first century…

G: Yes.

E: They are always in a good light in the New Testament. They are men of good faith; they understand authority; Christ exchange with them is always in a positive light but you don’t hear much about that, do you?

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