Helms School of Government
criminal justice, policing, justice, biblical worldview
Christianity | Law and Philosophy | Law Enforcement and Corrections | Practical Theology
Brown, Nathan, "The Peacemakers: Navigating the Intersection of Biblical Justice and Contemporary Policing" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 882.
For Christians seeking to enter the field of policing, the question of justice is answered by two separate sources. Conceptions of justice are presented by both the contemporary justice system and the Bible. The history and current state of American policing reveal a sense of justice that is concerned with fighting crime and defending the rights of the vulnerable. There are, however, inherent limitations when operating within a system made by man. Biblical justice goes further by prioritizing restoration and redeemed relationships within its conception of justice. Reconciling these two perspectives equips Christian police officers with a framework with which they can navigate policing in a way that best glorifies God and effects true justice.