Prayers and Civil Government
By Paul Parisi 11-13-2023
1Timothy 2:2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness”
The words “first of all” are a way to set priority. For all people to have peaceful and quiet lives, God has made priorities for civil government. Simply put, the first role of government is to protect God’s people, judge good and evil, promote the good and punish the evil.
Romans 13:4 “For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil”.
As we pray for peace, at this moment Israel is at war. Israel is stepping up to its duty to protect God’s people by executing God’s wrath on those who practice evil. Israel takes protecting its citizens seriously. From decades of murderous attacks from neighboring Arab counties and terrorist groups, Israel requires both men and women to serve mandatory military service. Yes, having enough peacekeepers is important to deter people with evil intentions and when necessary, defend its citizens with weapons of war.
Though Israel is predominantly Jewish, over 20% of their populations are Arab Muslims who chose to live peacefully as fully fledged citizens of Israel. The best way for all people to live in peace is self governance, having the free will to do good and love thy neighbor.
Civil governments at all levels have an obligation to protect its people from evil. In Tucson, the mayor and council have an obligation to adequately staff and equip the Tucson Police Department (TDP). For decades, the City of Tucson has allowed the number of police to decrease to the point where response times are outrageously high. Many crimes are not even responded to at all. Fentanyl use is in epidemic proportion and going unpunished, creating property crime, assaults and death. Tucson crime is out of control.
Though TDP has great leadership with high caliber, well trained officers, there are not enough of them. The lack of prosecution is another factor. Though mercy prevails over judgment, you still have to have judgment.
Higher pay and better equipment will go a long way in recruiting officers. It’s a matter of priority. Neighboring communities of Oro Valley, Marana and Sahuarita have made public safety their top priority. Those towns have fully staffed police departments and enjoy the lowest crime rates in Arizona.
As biblical citizens, we have an obligation to keep our elected officials accountable, demanding safer streets and brighter futures so we can live peaceful, quiet lives. I urge you to contact the Tucson mayor and council and respectfully let them know you want a fully funded Tucson Police Department.
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