different Breeds. In fact there are some pretty close parallels between the two. In an article for the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Scott Hubbard points out over twenty similarities between Cops and Clergy. I’d like to talk about a few of them.
First, as groups, both of us know the frustration of regularly being called to clean up a situation after it is too late to bring positive closure. In many cases there is nothing to do at that point but clean up the mess. Believe me, Clergy understand that frustration.
Second, both understand what it is like to never be off duty. Even in a swim suit we are always a law enforcement officer or a minister. Ever try to forget it? Don’t worry someone will be happy to remind you.
Third, and most annoying, the people we serve feel free to lie to us, but expect us to always be scrupulously truthful. That double-standard is unfair, but a part of our daily reality.
Though we often deal with the same people, we approach the job from different perspectives. Clergy tend to focus on the spiritual, often ignoring the fact that the material parts of life need healing as well. Law Enforcement Officers deal primarily with physical and mental trauma on a daily basis. In the daily push-and-shove it’s easy to forget that spiritual healing is really a normal part of life.
In reality Cops and Clergy have a lot in common. They can and ought to work together to make our community a better, safer, place to live.
"The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity."