Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
By now, most of you have probably heard of the violence associated with a rally this weekend by a group of white nationalist demonstrators protesting the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. One woman was killed and another nineteen injured when a speeding car intentionally slammed into a group of counter-protestors.
As outrageous as this behavior was, there was another less publicized aspect to this story. While these two groups were busy displaying their unbridled hatred for one another, above them, in the skies, two Virginia State Police aviation officers patrolled the area to provide an extra level of security to those very people who were at each other’s throats.
For reasons that remain unclear, the helicopter carrying these two officers crashed, killing them both.
Jesus’ words from the Gospel of John cited above describes the extent of one’s love who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their friends. How much more do you think this applies to these officers, who laid down their lives not for friends, but strangers, or worse, antagonists to their call to duty on this day?
Please take a moment to remember your police, fire department, and military personnel. Their job is to face the prospect of fulfilling Jesus’ challenge every single day.