Back The Blue

Oct 2, 2022 | McRae, Chris, Sermons

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When I was younger as a kid, right before I was 14, 15 years old, my father sat us down in the middle of our, I talk about this in this house that we had in Camden, Arkansas, where he sat me and my brothers down. And I was getting ready to get my license. I had just gotten my permit and I was getting ready to get my license and we have small town in Arkansas, but I remember my father sitting me down and my brothers, and he said, Listen.
[00:00:24] He goes, What I’m about to tell you is I. . So I know sometimes you guys don’t listen. He goes, But I need you to listen to me. He goes, You guys are about to start driving. And he goes, Because you’re about to start driving. I wanna tell you guys some things. We’re like that. You taught us how to drive. He’s Chris, listen,
[00:00:42] He goes, This is what I want you to know. He goes, If you go out and you get pulled over by a police officer, he goes, I want you to say, yes sir. No. Yes, ma’am. No ma’am. Do you hear me? I said, Yes, sir. He goes, Not only that, he goes, Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Don’t make any sudden movements. And he goes, And you respect the police officers.
[00:01:04] He goes, You do exactly what they tell you to do. And he goes, Furthermore, if you get arrested, I am not coming to get you out . He goes, I will leave you in there because I want you to get a taste of what it’s like. So if you break the law, not only am I gonna break your neck, but I want you to feel like what it’s like to be in a jail.
[00:01:25] So he goes, Don’t even call me. He goes, You’d be better off putting that cuz at then it was 10 cents to call, use the payphone. You be better at putting that 10 cents in and calling on the Lord. Because if I do come and I have. Come to the jail cell, you’re gonna wish you stayed in the jail. Didn’t have to face me.
[00:01:42] Do you understand boys? Yes, sir. And all in unison, we were like, Yes, sir. Fast forward about 15, 16 years old. I was with my cousin Jabari, and I had a 1983 Cutler Supreme that looked like a. A car that, you know what I’m saying? I had a, it was somebody had given it to me. Somebody in our congregation had given it to me because they knew I was going to Bible school and they wanted to bless me.
[00:02:04] And so I was driving with my cousin and I got pulled over by a police officer, and as we got pulled over by a police officer, the guy that spoke to us, the police officer spoke to us, said some things that I cannot say in a church service. It was just bad. It was one of the deals which really led.
[00:02:22] To have a bad attitude toward law enforcement because I’m like what did I do? What did what, what came about? And so I had a bad attitude. Fast forward again to I’m now 17, 18. I’m in Bible college here in Dallas, and I was going home to go visit my folks on the weekend in Arkansas from Dallas.
[00:02:40] And I get pulled over. This time by another police officer who then asked me to step outta the car and he searched my car. Now I am nervous as I as I’m nervous cuz I don’t know what to expect because I had a bad experience before. He pulls me over and he’s searching my car, gets in the trunk and he’s looking all throughout my car.
[00:03:00] And I don’t know what he was looking for. He was looking for drugs or whatever. And I remember fear just gripping my heart. I have no, no idea what’s gonna happen. And the police officer. That I was afraid. And he said, Son, you look like you’re scared. He goes what’s going on? I said I don’t know.
[00:03:15] I don’t know what to expect. And that police officer said to me, he goes, Come over here. And he pulled me to the side and he comforted me. He goes, Listen, let me tell you what’s going on. He goes, Down this road, there’s a ton of drug activity, and I pulled you over just because I wanted to make sure there was none, no drug activity.
[00:03:32] I never felt like he was trying to single me out. I never felt like he was trying to trying to pin something on me. I never felt like that. But he took a 17 year old, 18 year old kid pulled me aside and he said, This is what is going on. And he goes, I want you to relax. I want you to be, Are you okay? I.
[00:03:48] Yeah, I’m fine. I’m good. I, What’s hang going? I’m good. And he goes, Son, calm down. It’s all good. And so he talked to me, he related to me. He goes, Where are you going to school? I go, Christ for the Nations. He goes, Okay, that’s a good school. He goes what are you trying to study for?
[00:04:01] I go, Jesus, You know what I’m saying? I’m just really just trying to. Trying calm me down. And then it was after that I really believe that it turned my, a whole nother, there’s like a turning point that our police officers our law enforcement, are really just true. Just trying to, some of ’em, trying to do their jobs.
[00:04:17] I had our own very own law enforcement by the way, we, just so you know, we were protected. We have police officers that are here. How many of you love. Who is our police officer, Vince, and he is here somewhere. But anyway, he he’s, he loves, we love him, but he told me, he goes, Chris, there’s good officers and there’s bad officers.
[00:04:33] He goes, just there’s good preachers and there’s bad preachers. I was like, Am I one of the good ones, . He just turned around and walked away. He needed say anything. But the truth of the matter is that I believe so that changed my whole heart and about, about how I believe our law enforcement and how they are.
[00:04:53] And I’m gonna read you because all of this is in in perspective. Wow. Read you an excerpt part of this book. It says it had been about an hour and a half since I had been. And the muscles on the side of my body were violently spasming. My body knew this gaping hole was not supposed to be there, and my nerve endings reacted by twitching, an attempt to put putting my flesh back together not long after my entire body began shaking.
[00:05:19] Also, the pain was now graduating from a steady burning to a terrorizing stabbing sensation that pulls with every beat of my. While some clotting was taking place, I was still losing ample amounts of blood. The lightheadedness from this and the trauma in general had me phasing in and outta consciousness before we got going.
[00:05:40] The paramedics phoned into the nearby hospital to alert them of our arrival. The small hospital then informed their paramedics that they were not outfitted to take care of a gunshot victim. They resolved to take me to a larger city about twice as far away and to do so efficiently. A helicopter was called.
[00:06:00] This meant more waiting, which meant more blood loss. In the meantime, I was begging for pain relief. One of the three paramedics tied off my arm and had me squeeze a ball in an attempt to find a vein. Pain meds seemed to be on their. And the first responders were encircling my body like a flock of vultures over a road kill, grabbing this and pep prepping that.
[00:06:24] And I kept my eyes closed for much of the process. When I did open, I saw a blur of anxious activity in the midst of the hands reaching over me, vitals being taken, vitals being read, and medical jargon being spoken from one paramedic to the other. And they looked and said, Mr. McCrae, we can’t find a vein.
[00:06:43] Now that’s in my. So I’m not gonna read anymore. You have to buy it. But I am alive because of our first responders that came and saved my life. I would not be here if it had not been for the first responders, paramedics, and so again, another corner turn as a result of people that are in our city, people in our society, people who are public servants, who the world has come against and have tried to defund and tried to come against them are police officers and our first responders, and.
[00:07:19] Soldier in church as a body of Christ, we are not having it. We are going to back and support our law enforcement and our police officers because of all the things that they do. So that being said, would you welcome our first responders who are here this morning? Our police officers and our paramedics.
[00:07:37] First responders are gonna come and join me here. Stage. Would you give them a hand as they come and join us this morning? Come on, soldier in church. Let’s give them a hardy welcome and celebration as they come. Are here this morning. Come on, let’s let ’em know. Let’s let ’em hear this morning.
[00:07:58] You, you, Lord.
[00:08:03] Thank you guys so much. Come in. Thank you.
[00:08:07] Thank you guys so much. Yeah. You guys up here. Good. How are you, Ben, for you back there. Oh yeah, you heard me say that? Good. I was looking for you. I’m on up here and join show. We just step outta the way. Thank you guys for being here. Once a year. We try to, you guys be seated once a year. We try to celebrate you guys as, because we are thankful for all of you.
[00:08:28] I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for you paramedics. And for, I’m telling you, I, there was a time I was in the ambulance and it’s a funny story in the book, but I was trying to figure out, they were trying to find a vein that couldn’t find a vein and one of ’em said, Let’s go through his toenails.
[00:08:40] And so that was not very good. And I don’t know. It wasn’t none of you, but it was just saying, So anyway is that true? Is there a vein under your toenail that you can go, you ever heard of? Okay. That brother, I hope he’s fired. I hope he’s fired, brother. Anyway, but we are thankful. And so what I wanna say is that the fact that in a world where they’re trying to defund the police and they’re trying to come against our public service, we wanna say thank you.
[00:09:01] And we are grateful for all that you do for us. We are very thankful. I believe that with all the things that are going on in, in this world there’s so much that are, that is coming against you. My wife sent me a a article this morning that three died last, was it last night and in Carrollton.
[00:09:18] And and it was one was shot. And so I, I just can’t imagine all the things you having to respond to death notifications and all the things that you see. My prayer is that you do. Get desensitized, but instead of, but at the same time, you continue to serve with gusto and that the Lord is with you and he protects you.
[00:09:37] What you guys don’t know, especially with our police officers and our first responders, is that sometimes these guys put the uniform on and they don’t know if they’re gonna return. Yeah. , do you know that? Yeah. We, I, Here’s what I want to say. Sometimes we take things for granted.
[00:09:52] I’m gonna say it again. Sometimes we take things, we take people for granted, and I want us to be involved in the community. This is our community. They have done an amazing job. We’re thankful for each and every one of you and and you guys are a blessing. So I wanted to, we want to celebrate you today.
[00:10:07] And where’s the microphone? Patrick, Kevin? This is Sergeant. Who who’s come and been with us. And the reason why, Sergeant Buck is because he’s been with us, but at the same time his arms, when my arms graduate, they’re going look like that one day. And so he, Sergeant Buck is gonna share some stuff with us this morning.
[00:10:25] Thank you, Pastor Chris. If y’all I’ve been here two years talking on this day and I’m honored Pastor Chris to ask me again and. I just, I went to a concert last night, went to Keith Urban in Fort Worth. If anybody knows Keith, I Urban, he can rock the guitar . I just wish the praise band actually opened for Keith Urban because for you, imagine what kind of, impact that would actually have on 30, 35,000 people.
[00:10:45] But last night it struck me after all what’s going on in the past two year, two and a half years, with Covid George Floyd Alde Riot. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria, right? , it’s been a, it’s been a crazy couple of two and a half years.
[00:10:58] That was a Ghostbuster’s reference for all your younger people, . But last night he turned off all the lights in the arena. And then he’s Okay, how are we gonna light this place up? And so everybody put their cell phones, not big lighters anymore of it. Everybody got their cell phones and the whole.
[00:11:15] Marina was lit up and it looked like a church. It was really beautiful. And he sang a really great song and he says, Listen to this. He goes, We all come from different backgrounds, different socio demographics, races, what have you, political affiliations, what have you. Look what we can do together. We can let this bad boy up. And he did with just a little cell phone lights, just little bitty lights. Okay? So that’s what we can do as a country. If we unite together social, Isn’t that right? That’s so social media, the news, TikTok, all that stuff, it’s just clutter. And what is it designed to do?
[00:11:51] Separate us. Separate us from each other. And God, that’s the reality. If you think about it, it’s trying to separate us into little camp. into different tribes and it’s getting worse and worse. And I’m gonna do my little preaching here. I get to do it once a year. Thank you Pastor Chris
[00:12:10] It’s making us do nothing but talk and formulate our next response to the person talking back and we’re not listening to each other. Okay? And in law enforcement, we get provoked. Okay? That’s just the nature of the beast. We get provoked. But the one thing that we, people try to try us into doing, saying something or doing something bad, and guess what?
[00:12:33] Sometimes we lose and sometimes we get the best of it. Something’s happening in our personal life that you don’t know about, And then you trigger us, we trigger you back and it gets it’s, and that’s when everything goes downhill. The one thing that I’ve learned, the people with the least impact in society can bark the loudest, and they’re the ones that are gonna impact.
[00:12:52] . My challenge for all of us is how are we gonna have higher impact to our society? Because you were saying about the chief is not, doesn’t have any weight. , I don’t care if you’re poor, rich, middle, class, whatever. It doesn’t matter. Have the impact on each other. Come on. You know what I’m saying?
[00:13:11] It doesn’t matter. Have impact on each other, . I make it a point when I go through drive-throughs or when I go, and people who are working and they’re working their Hines off to service us. When you go through the water burger and they get the order wrong and we get upset, we’re the Starbucks.
[00:13:26] It’s not the, this and that. These people are working for us. Yeah. And they’re working way, I think they’re working harder than we are just trying to pay the. . How about have a little conversation with them and the drive through? How about when you go inside a restaurant? How about when you go inside?
[00:13:40] Just talk to people. It’s okay. Just say, Hey, have a blessed weekend. Have a blessed day. I really appreciate what you did for me. If something’s wrong, if something’s wrong, don’t use your emotions. Here’s another one. They, taste your words before they come outta your mouth. Taste your own words.
[00:13:59] It’s not we are increasingly getting emotional in our world. But let’s time sometimes take a step back. For each other. Cuz we need each other. Yeah. We live in a free society. The constitution was designed though for our moral and just people. Because if you don’t have a moral ingest people, you’re not gonna follow a free society.
[00:14:19] Think about that. You gotta have law and order and you gotta have a moral I. People. So we need each other. That’s good. Thank y’all very much and we really appreciate y’all support. Hold on just a second.
[00:14:36] We are gonna have communion here in just a minute. Thank you, Sergeant Buck. That was great. So I wanna read this scripture out of It’s a Matthew chapter nine verse 35. It says, This will be on the stage. It says, Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
[00:14:57] But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them because they were weary and scattered like sheep, having no shepherd. And he said to his disciples, The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
[00:15:24] Now I wanna say this, You look up it just for a second. Jesus was the very first responders. He was the first responder. Lemme tell you why, because he saw the people the multitude. and then he responded and he responded this way. He was moved with compassion. Yeah. So God is wanting us to be a people who respond by moving with compassion.
[00:15:49] Yes. Oh, that compassion would come back to the church, would come back to the body of Christ being moved with compassion. He was the very first, He’s the first responder. He’s the best first responder. His here’s the truth, So we love. because he first loved Amen. Us. He, So you thought it was us? Yes, We responded, but only because he responded to us.
[00:16:18] And so Jesus responded by dying on the cross and giving his life so that we could have life and have it more abundantly. And then we responded. We just I found Jesus, he wasn’t. Jesus wasn’t lost. It was me that was lost. It was you that was lost. And then he responded and so he first loved us.
[00:16:38] I just wanna say I remember this book, You guys don’t know this, but this is a book about a hunting accident that I was in. My best friend shot me. On, and I was at the time, not Kevin’s my best friend, but he didn’t shoot me. There’s times he’d like to but I , but I remember laying there and the sense of peace that I felt by having the, you guys, the paramedics there.
[00:16:56] They were scrambling trying to, they’re using words I didn’t know. I didn’t know there were ccs of anything. I know, y’all laughing cuz y’all know what they did. I didn’t know what a CC was, and so they were like, We need this or we need that. And I’m just standing there and I’m telling you there’s a piece that comes.
[00:17:07] So I’m just telling you I wouldn’t be here today if it had not been. For a fireman whose name is Dean McGinness, who called the helicopter to come get me. It was a first responder who they all said lift at the same time and put me on the gurney to get me in the ambulance to get me to the helicopter, to get me to the hospital to get me.
[00:17:28] To surgery to get me to a place where years later I became the senior pastor of Soldier and Church. And so I am thankful for you guys very much. Wouldn’t be here, wouldn’t be here if it has hadn’t been for paramedics. And we wouldn’t be here if it had not been for Jesus. Hallelujah. If it had not been for Jesus.
[00:17:50] So we’re gonna take communion together, our first responders and our community of believers here at Soldier and Church. We’re gonna have communion together. Is that all right? Yes. And we’re gonna do that. So our ushers are coming. We’re gonna take communion together. Real quick, Vince, I know Vince loves this.
[00:18:03] Come on outta the dark over here, Vince, because I just wanna take some time to, to just celebrate our. Vince, I know he’s retired, but he’s our guy. I, we love seeing him on certain, one. We love about Vince. The first time we had him come, he would hand out little badges, sticker badges to the little kids and the, and he’d go, He checks on your kids.
[00:18:21] If you have kids in children’s ministry, he’s him another police officer. You need to keep ’em quiet even. Yeah. Anything to keep ’em quiet. Including the taser on this side. We use this, we use all tools around here. There’s a couple of people here that’s got warrants that I want to talk to you about.
[00:18:33] I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding. . But I am thankful for Vince. I am thankful for who he is. And Vince, I just wanna stay in front of our people. We are thankful for you and we love you very much. And yeah, you go ahead and just give it up. He’s a he does a great job. So anyway, I just wanted to acknowledge him.
[00:18:48] Thankful. And we’re gonna take communion together. , you guys all have communion elements. We’re gonna, you gotta hold him to where everybody gets them. And it’s just so important. I’m thankful for this day. We do this once a year. Like I said that’s the only time that Sergeant Buck gets to preach his message that he has on his heart.
[00:19:05] But yeah. Oh, y’all hear it too. Do y’all say, Can y’all say, can I get a win dash? Yeah. Yeah. Okay, . Sergeant Buck likes to talk anyway. Big surprise. All right, everybody hold the bread. This is the bread this was talk about. So Jesus, his body was broken and he was bruised for our iniquities and the chest tiesman of his piece was upon us.
[00:19:29] And by his stripes we are, Now I wanna tell you this is what I’m asking. As we take this breath, not only do I want you to be healed, but I’m asking that the Lord would heal the relationship between our first responders and what the world has tried to do. I’m praying that they would be healed, That relationship would be healed this morning.
[00:19:47] So let’s Lord, right now, the name of Jesus. I wanna thank you for the opportunity that we have as believers to join in what you are doing. And we just say, Lord, thank you for your body being broken for us. Go ahead and tell the Lord there just Lord, thank you for your body. Being broken for us.
[00:20:02] And we, Lord, we believe that you are healing this nation. You’re healing our city. You’re healing our community Lord. You’re healing Lord, the relationship between our first responders, Lord and this city. And we thank you Lord, that you’re doing it by the power of a miracle and Jesus. And let’s take your need, Lord.
[00:20:22] We’re thankful him for. The blood of Jesus. Aren’t you glad about we sang goodbye today? What can wash our way? Our sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. And so I just thank you Lord, that you are, you have blotted out our transgressions, You have blotted them out and I wanna thank you Lord for your blood that washes us white as snow.
[00:20:44] So we’re thankful Lord for that. And we love and bless you and Jesus then is take and.
[00:20:52] Amen. And the last thing I wanna do before I just share just a little bit, would you guys come down here and join and just, y’all just come down here. We’re gonna pray for you. We’re gonna pray. There’s a lot of these paramedics that when when my arm grows up, it’s gonna be less like them. Some of these guys are just buff, aren’t they?
[00:21:10] You know what I’m talking about. Okay. You don’t know what I’m talking about. Oh, you saying don’t? I heard you. Yeah. Guys are all buff and I’m gonna take a picture with y’all so I can make me look good. , I’m gonna ask our elders and pastors and wives to join us here in the front. We’re gonna pray for them and I’m ask you to stand for a little bit as we stretch our hands, our pastors.
[00:21:28] Would you get around these guys and and. Where else are we? So all the pastors and wives. Yeah. Yeah. Y’all come and join us and let’s just stretch your hands out. Let’s pray together, Lord, and I want you to pray outta y’all mouth. Go ahead. No, don’t wait for me to pray. Go ahead and pray.
[00:21:39] Go ahead and pray. Lord, we thank you for this time. Thank you Lord for each one of these men and women, Lord that we believe that you are doing great and mighty things, Lord, in and through them. I pray for protection. Go ahead, pray for protection over them and their families and we pray protection over them.
[00:21:53] Lord in Jesus name and we thank you Lord, that you surround them with your angels. Lord, we thank you for our law enforcement. We thank you Lord for our first responders, our paramedics, and I pray that you surround them by your presence, Lord, on every side. You said that you would give your angels charge over us, and you would bear them up with their hands, keep them in their way so they wouldn’t dash their feet against a stone.
[00:22:17] I’m thankful Lord, for all of them. We love, we back to. Lord, and we back them with prayer, Lord, and understanding, and we pray, Lord, that you would go before them and that you would cause them Lord to be Jesus. We bless them cause ’em to be blessed spiritually, physically, financially, relationally, Lord, mentally, all that you.
[00:22:35] We could ask if they could ask or think according to your power that works in them. And we just love Lord, that what you’re doing and we just say, Lord, heal our land. Would you heal our land, Heal our mind the way that we think, act, talk, Lord all of. We’re asking for you to help us Lord, to be who you’ve called us to be and do what you’ve called us to do.
[00:22:54] In Jesus name, amen.


Chris McRae

Lead Pastor, Elder
In his high school years, Chris was set free from anger and depression after an encounter with the Holy Spirit, and a passion was stirred in him to preach the good news of Jesus Christ to the broken and the lost. Chris is passionate about people- leading people to encounter the love of the Father, the truth of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. A second generation Pastor, Chris has a heart for equipping the body of Christ.
Chris is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and The King’s University. Chris first joined staff at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas in 1996, and has served as Pastor of Children’s Ministry, Youth and Families. In January 2020, Chris began serving as Lead Pastor. Chris and Vanessa have been married since 1998 and have four children.
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