March 20, 2017
It was a sad night in East Baton Rouge, when Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Anderson was shot and killed in the line of duty. Shawn was a member of my church where his family attends. The tragedy is just another sober reminder of the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of society. As Jesus said in John 15, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
We must never forget what's at the heart of the sacrifice that so many in our military and law enforcement are willing to make: the example of Jesus Christ. Yes, other non-Christian nations have military and law enforcement, but few are there to serve and protect in the selfless manner that those in the Christianized West have and remain willing to do. This is another reason that we must protect, defend, and cherish the religious freedom that will allow and enable Christianity to flourish -- not just in our churches -- but in our society as a whole. And it is a reminder for all of us to give thanks to God for these men and women and to pray for their protection and well-being.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.