The vision of Battle Behind the Badge is to restore hope in marriages, provide men the weapons and resources needed to fight and keep their marriage and family from falling apart. Through this ministry our goal is to build-up strong Christ following men and to teach them to be the spiritual leader of their home.
When I entered Law Enforcement in 2012, it was common to hear those I worked with having not only issues in their current marriage, but it was often they had already been divorced multiple times. In fact, it was said to me on multiple occasions that if you were not divorced at least once in your career as a cop, then you are not a real cop. This is the furthest thing from the truth! This nearly happened to me in 2014 just after entering Law Enforcement as career. It was clear to me that the issue of marriage was struggle for many of us in this profession. Knowing my own battles, it was clear to me that there are many under lying issues that many of us as men are not addressing that make us the kind of husbands that God has called us to be.
God has called us to be husbands before we were cops...to love and serve our wives and kids to the point that we should give our lives for theirs. Ephesians 5:25 says this; "husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (NIV). As Police Officers this should not be a foreign concept. Jesus died to save us! It was the ultimate act of serves. Althogh this passage is not nesserealy speaking in terms of a physically dying (or could), the words Paul is conveying here are sacrificial, speaking to the fact that we are reflecting the Gospel in our marriages but the love and service we extend to our wives. As Police Officers we live to serve and will die to protect the lives of those who love or hate us. Christ death on the cross was not just for a select few, he died for everyone. Christ loved the church and died as a sacrifice for each of us. Many of us do not speak of our marriages in such a way as if we would die for our wife...yet, many of us will put that uniform on knowing good and well we many never come home because we are willing to die for a perfect stranger. That's what makes each of us unique and separates us from the sheep. We are the sheepdogs!!! But that term sheepdog, as honorable as it may be, has no significance if we are not the Kingdom Men God has called us to be. Our protection and act of serves is just an extension or reflection of our homes.
Many of you already know this and this type of love for your wife is there, you just many of lost it long the way. Sometimes I liek to say that is was stolen. Stolen by enemy that you may or may not be aware of. There is an enemy that is responsible for the evilness, death and destruction that brings about the need for our presence in Law Enforcement. Just as there are tactical tools and training for our jobs in law enforcement, God has given us the tactical tools to defend against the same enemy who not only is responsible for the evilness in the world, but also for the destruction and havoc he wants to cause in your marriage.
Although the word tactical might sound like something used for law enforcement or military, the word is very much relevant to the Christian faith. The Bible uses terminology that suggest that we are at war, but as Ephesians 6:12 suggest, this is not like any war fought with conventional weapons."For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
The reason I feel so strongly about marriage is that we see not only individual marriages under attack and destroyed, but there is battle taking place to destroy the sanctity of marriage from God's design and purpose for it. The foundation of our faith, Church and the Gospel is centered around the institution of marriage. The institution of marriage is under attack and has been since beginning in Genesis. Marriage is a sacred institution that God designed to reflect his image. In a fallen world this means that marriage represents more than just a wedding ceremony with cake and a honeymoon. It represents life within the divine plan of creation.
You have an enemy that does not want your marriage to succeed. If your marriage is failing and maybe on the brink of divorce, consider this; your spouse is not your enemy and people are not your problem. There is an evilness beyond yours and my understanding that seeks to destroy life...and your marriage is in the cross hairs. Because your a Police Officer...you are a target for sure. Remember your authority to care for the sheep comes from Romans 13:4. Make no mistake as the enemy perpetrates his schemes in the minds of men to carry out his evil desires, God is raising up men and women to protect the sheep. The Bible is a guide given to us to help navigate these battles. It's important to know that the battle is already won for those who have decided to put their faith in Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that your marriage will find God at the center and let the victory rest on the one who has already won the war.
Jesus said this; "The thief comes only to steal kill and destroy; I have some that that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10, NIV)
For more information check out our Resources page here or the book Tactical Marriage, A Field Guide for Men.