“Shots fired at Dallas protest. Are you watching news?" Our daughter-in-law texted this message last Thursday evening.
We watched in horror at what was unfolding in downtown Dallas that lead to the death of five Dallas Police officers and the shooter. News reports included statements from Dallas Police Chief David Brown. I was impressed by the composure and strength of character he displayed.
I learned from an article in the Dallas Morning News that the source of Brown's composure and character is his deep Christian faith. His pastor and my seminary classmate, Dr. Tony Evans, who leads Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, said of Chief Brown,
He sees his job as a "divine assignment" and brings a Biblical perspective to all his decision-making.
Brown doesn't compartmentalize his personal life and his professional life -- he brings the same awareness of God to both.
Read the article about Chief Brown in the Dallas Morning News here:
Please pray for Dallas, the families of the fallen officers, Chief Brown, and for the grace of Jesus Christ to fill our community. That’s the only balm which can heal the wounds in Dallas and every other community. And take time today to pray for your own community and law enforcement officers. All of us have a divine appointment to “seek the peace and prosperity” of our communities (Jeremiah 29:7). Let’s all ask ourselves how God would have us do this, as we remember,
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain (Psalm 127:1).