A congregation in Tennessee has donated $1,000 to each member of their local police department as a sign of appreciation for their service in protecting the community.
Perry Cleek pastors Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He explains that his church members have kept up with the news about various forces demonizing police and demanding that they be defunded or that the departments be abolished.
"We understand that we live in a country of law and order – and if there's no enforcement of law, then there's no order. And so we were just concerned that police departments would get demoralized," Cleek voices.
In recent weeks, the United States has experienced widespread protests and demonstrations in response to the death of George Floyd on May 25, some even turning violent. Many see the death of Floyd as a result of police brutality and have called for the reduction or even disbanding of some police departments.
In response, members of the Lighthouse M.B. Church raised $23,000 to show support of local police, giving a check of $1,000 to each of the 23 Jonesborough officers. Cleek says it's time for people to cross the line that rioters have drawn and make a statement in support of law enforcement as a whole.
"We just wanted to say we have your backs – and if Christians all over America would to that, I think it would do a great deal for our police departments," the pastor concludes.