It is unpleasant, when driving down the street, to be interrupted by a nice man in a shiny car with flashing red and blue lights. About an hour and a half ago I was pulled over by a police officer–the first time in my eight years as a licensed driver to be stopped while driving. We (along with the dogs) had just left my parents house in Moore. We were heading toward I-240 when the lights began to flash.
My first thought was, “Are you serious? Not again!” You see, my wife got pulled over late Monday night on that same road for a burned out tail light in her car.
Then I thought, “What does he want? I know I wasn’t speeding.” (I am told that I drive like an old woman.) I wondered what law I had broken, and generally got frustrated.
The officer took a long time approaching. I saw my Gadsden Flag sticker in my back window and thought, “He probably has his gun drawn on me right now…not that I would know…with that blinding spotlight.”
By the time he got to my window I was in no mood for a chat, but something told me–almost audibly–“You’re a Christian. Act like it.”
I spoke with him as politely as I could, and didn’t grumble when I had to dig out my license and my insurance verification. This was fortunate, because his next question to me was…
“Where do you work?”
After I answered, “Peniel Missionary Baptist Church,” I prayed a silent prayer, thanking God because He had stopped me from behaving like a jerk. How would I have explained that? “Hi, I’m the rudest person alive, and I work for Jesus.” No, something about that just doesn’t sound right.
He came back a moment later with a piece of paper and said, “This isn’t a ticket. I just wanted to let you know that the light over your license plate is burned out. Y’all have a nice night.” And he walked away.
Regardless of where we work, if we are Christians we work for Jesus Christ. We are His ambassadors–His representatives. As such, we do not have the luxury of lashing out at the world when things don’t go our way. The way we act reflects on Him. When people know Who our employer is, make no mistake, they will be watching us. We’re never undercover, and never off duty!
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (II Corinthians 5:20, KJV, emphasis added).