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Is it ok for christians to be cops? serve in the military? be judges?

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Asked by rhanford at 2:58 AM on Oct. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • ooo. be judges. that's a good one. I've already wondered about the military and cop thing. But never thought about judges.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 3:01 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • As long as they don't let their religion interfere with their jobs, why not?

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 3:06 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • because their job might interfere with their religion.

    Christians are not supposed to judge and thou shall not kill kind of does a good job explaining the military and cop thing.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 3:19 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • Yeah I guess you are correct...But then, most major religions have a similar rule, don't they? Does that mean that only agnostics or atheists should be in law enforcement?
    I don't know...I don't follow any religion so I can't really answer this question...

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 3:25 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • Alot of people say the Bible says "don't judge" but thats not all it says. You have to read on.

    Matt 7:1-6
    7:1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye. 6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

    Judge but judge fairly and properly.

    John 7:24
    24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

    Answer by MamaChamp at 3:44 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • thnx for the verses mamachamp

    Answer by rhanford at 3:49 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • While police are required to carry guns and be prepared to murder another person (and the use of 'self defence' is often questionable, getting out of hand), I'd assume NO it's not an acceptable profession for a Christian. So that would certainly go for being a soldier too. As for being a judge or a juror:
    "One there is that is lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But you, who are you to be judging your neighbor?”—Jas. 4:11, 12.
    “STOP judging that you may not be judged,” said Jesus. (Matt. 7:1)

    Answer by AmourDeMere at 5:38 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • Hmmm, so what CAN Christians do for their community?! Preach? WHile all the "others" lay down their lives for our safety and freedoms?!! Yet christians are the ones howling the loudest about "those Muslims" and how we need to retaliate for 9/11....aren't they?!

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 7:38 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • What a silly question. Of course it's okay. I don't see where God and/or Jesus would have any problem with cops taking criminals off the streets to protect other citizens, or helping to diffuse domestic violence situations. Isn't what cops do generally good and for the protection of law-abiding citizens? Military is similar- in the instance that a soldier must kill someone, isn't it considered as subordination to one's government, which Jesus recommends when discussing taxation, and as "justified" killing to protect one's own nation?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:52 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • It's absolutely ok! What a question.

    Answer by izyandchrismomi at 9:54 AM on Oct. 15, 2009

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