During a Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast & Tour at the Billy Graham Library May 13th, Kevin Williams, a chaplain manager with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT), urged officers to seek God as they fulfill their calling to protect and serve.
“You are ministers and servants of God, whether you know that or not,” said Williams, who previously served in law enforcement. Williams was a corrections officer in one of New Jersey’s toughest prisons and served at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.
“God knows everything about you,” Williams added. “Everything down to the DNA molecule. And not only does He know everything. He is always with you. The question is are you with Him?”
In its report on the event, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Williams drew from Psalm 139 as he talked with officers about the character of God and the realities of His love. Seek God and He will transform your life, Williams said.
“He will make you a new creation. Give you a new heart and mind to be able to respond to this,” Williams said.
“He knows when you were … conceived and He knows when you’re going to die,” Williams said, continuing to reference Psalm 139. “Stop worrying so much about how and when you’re going to die. Turn to God and trust Him to lead you until that day comes. Until that day comes, you have a mission. What you do is not a job. It is not a career. It’s a calling from God. … It behooves you to ask Him to help you with it.”
The message resonated with Aileen Maddox, lead chaplain with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Maddox oversees a chaplain team that works with deputies and also in the Mecklenburg County jail.
“Being a chaplain means you fill yourself up [spiritually] to overflowing. The overflow is for other people, and often times [as chaplains] we’re depleted. So are officers,” Maddox said. “They’re always giving out and they don’t do a whole lot of feeding. … I’m getting fed [spiritually here] so I can feed others.”
Maddox ministers at roll call and encourages officers to continually ask themselves if law enforcement is right for them.
“Just like ministers have to do, police officers have to constantly and consistently check themselves,” Maddox said. “Is this really where I want to be?
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland