“Protector” has been a part of my makeup for as long as I can remember. Whether it was reaching out to the bullied in grade school, or taking care of my family, to becoming a police officer, to working in a high school for 13 yrs; I have always felt compelled to stand for injustice and to be a barrier between the defenseless and that which would cause them harm.
Being a Protector can come in many forms and is not limited to just guarding against physical threats and attacks. It encompasses looking after the entire wellbeing of those under your care; emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and basic human needs are most definitely included.
The role of Protector whether in a family or community is a vital part of the overall success of that group, and they are generally made stronger by having one.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
You don’t have to be religious to believe that an individual, a family, a community that not only thinks about such things, but stands for and defends them as well will positively impact their world for generations.
Just as the individuals that make up your family and community are different and all have different needs, and just as the threats to their overall wellbeing are varied and diverse, so too the Protector must develop mixed and diverse strategies in dealing with the dangers that are ever present in our modern times.
When we see the negative impact of violent and sensual media, the horrific aftermath of school shootings, and the devastation of predators using social media and technology to target our children, it should cause all of us to develop to the best of our abilities the strategies needed to protect ourselves and those around us from such harm.
By Timothy McLeod
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