Rafael Ramos, one of the murdered officers, was a Christian. A member of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York for 14 years, he was a committed believer. According to his pastor, Rev. Adam Durso, he served as an usher and was active in the church’s marriage and life group ministries.
What was most striking about Rafael Ramos, however, was his approach to his work as a police officer. For Ramos, policing the streets and keeping people safe was a ministry. He was so close to ordination as a lay chaplain when he was murdered – just some hours away. In the words of Marcos Miranda, president of the New York State Chaplain Task Force*, “He felt he was doing God’s work. He felt he was protecting and serving the community and that was sort of a ministry for him.”
Work is more than just a job. God himself instituted it just after creating the universe:
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Gen 2:15).
Through it mankind would fulfill the mandate given to him by God to subdue the earth (cf. Gen. 1:28). Humanity is to serve God through their various callings. Paul’s encouragement is for us to do everything heartily as to the Lord (Col. 3:23,24), be it law enforcement, sales or agriculture. All are ways in which we bring Him glory.