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Federal Air Marshals in Cuffs Teach Us a Bible Lesson

I’m sure that some of you budding theonomists guffawed at the following, from an old post of mine:

Let’s take a look at this:


I exhort therefore that above all things prayers, supplications, petitions, and giving of thanks, be had for all men: for kings, and for all that are in preeminence, that we may live a quiet and a peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty. For that is good and accepted in the sight of God our saviour, which would have all men saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4, Tyndale)

There’s no doubt that we should pray for those who are in authority. But why? “…that we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.” What would interrupt that peaceable life? There are three possibilities: external attack, such as we had on 11 September 2001 and during the recent hurricanes, internal assault by thieves, murderers, and other criminals, and of course assaults on our persons and property by the government itself. The last one is the one many Christians forget to pray for, but for those in the Roman Empire, it was an important problem.

Well, it’s not funny any more:

Since 9/11, more than three dozen federal air marshals have been charged with crimes, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct, an investigation by ProPublica, a non-profit journalism organization, has found. Cases range from drunken driving and domestic violence to aiding a human-trafficking ring and trying to smuggle explosives from Afghanistan.

The Federal Air Marshal Service presents the image of an elite undercover force charged with making split-second decisions that could mean the difference between stopping a terrorist and shooting an innocent passenger.

But an examination of police reports, court records, government reports, memos and e-mails shows that 18 air marshals have been charged with felonies, including at least three who were hired despite prior criminal records or being fired from law enforcement jobs. A fourth air marshal was hired while under FBI investigation. Another stayed on the job despite alarming a flight attendant with his behavior.

This spring, after U.S. embassies, airlines and foreign police agencies complained about air marshal misconduct overseas, the agency director dispatched supervisors on international missions.

Pray, saints!


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