An off-duty police officer decided to join his father for a moment of prayer outside an abortion clinic.
Never did he dream that by simply praying for the sanctity of life that it would almost cost him his job.
And once a photo of him praying was circulated on social media, instead of defending the right for an officer to express his faith, his own police department suspended him – and you won’t believe what happened next.
During his suspension, the praying police officer suffered on multiple accounts.
Not only was he forbidden from doing the job he loved, it also took an economic toll.
According to Faithwire, this officer supported his wife and four children, but due to the suspension, he lost a significant portion of his income.
Thankfully, after facing much public pressure and a brutal four months of investigations, the police department finally decided to reinstate the praying officer.
But it was only because the officer had good attorneys at the Thomas More Society.
When they took the case, even the officer’s own lawyers were stunned at what the police department did to one of their own…
… simply for praying while off duty!
WKLY TV reported:
“According to the officer’s attorneys at the Thomas More Society, he “prayed alone with his father for less than an hour in front of the EMW Women’s Surgical Center.” The officer’s name has not been released to the public.
After the incident became public, the officer was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an investigation.
“It is astounding to those of us defending him — shocking actually — that the police department would treat a hardworking, loyal officer this way,” Thomas More Society attorney Matt Heffron said. “They left him twisting in the wind for four months because of off-duty prayer.”
This should have never happened.
But sadly, those in positions of authority who are also Christian continue to face the hatred of those who hate Christ.
All around the country, Christians are being suspended or fired from their jobs, simply for praying.
The double standard is striking considering those who support leftist causes are often applauded as “brave.”
And it’s not just adults feeling the brunt.
Even a little girl got in trouble by her school for wearing a “Jesus Loves Me” mask!
While we’re glad this officer didn’t end up ultimately losing his job, it’s incredibly sad his own police department caused such disruption in his life.
May God continue to give Christians the courage to pray in public and not hide their faith under a lamp.
The world needs the light of Christ, and we are the ones commanded to go and make disciples in His name.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
(h/t Christian Life Daily)