An Alabama police chief’s video of him lip-syncing the Christian song I Can Only Imagine has gone viral, drawing more than 50 million views on Facebook.
Hollywood (Ala.) Police Chief Jason Hepler lip-synced the song as part of the K9s4Cops’ Lip Sync Battle initiative, according to WHNT-TV. MercyMe’s I Can Only Imagine was the inspiration for the hit movie of the same name.
The video tallied 39 million views on the U.S. Police Officers Facebook page and 13 million on the K9s4Cops page.
"I Can Only Imagine is a song that has been there for me in some of my darkest hours, when I was at the lowest points whether caused by bad decisions or because of things I was dealing with seeing from work, this song would be my go to when I needed some uplifting," Hepler said in a news release.
His K9 is part of the lip-sync video.
"K9 Fox is an amazing partner, pretty much his entire life has been of service.," he said, according to WHNT-TV. "He has been an instrumental part of our organization, [and] hundreds of pounds of drugs are off the streets along with thousands of dollars in drug money.”
Reaction to the video has been positive.
“Yes, yes, yes! I love this!!! A strong man praising God unashamed!!! Exactly what this world needs more of…” Susanne Kniskern wrote on the U.S. Police Officers Facebook page.
Added another person, GaryErin Stevens, “Praise God!! No words! Awesome job and thank you, sir for bringing one of the Christian songs to light to the secular world!!”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com
Publication Date: July 16, 2018
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/K9s4Cops.org, screen capture
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.