Sharing Christ's Love?
I'm taking a bit of a blogging sabbatical this Advent season. But I'll be here now and then.
As I've mentioned before, I work for a law enforcement agency. We have a program where we have several chaplains on-call who are available to respond to people who've just experienced tragedy in their life. It is a great idea.
Here's where the program breaks down. We currently have five volunteer chaplains who are all non-denominational, conservative, evangelical Christians. Our chaplains have engaged in some of the following behaviors:
- refusing to cooperate with an effort to bring on Jewish or Muslim clergy so we can be responsive to all members of our community,
- engaging in discriminatory behavior towards the one female chaplain in the program (e.g. refusing to schedule her for shifts)
- refusing to honor requests for assistance from clergy of specific denominations
The result of this disaster of a program is that most officers don't even offer the chaplaincy services to our citizens. We're trying to fix it, but what a mess.