We like sheep? This phrase kept running through my mind this morning after only a few hours of sleep. Not the smartest of animals. Following each other into dangerous places. Over cliffs, etc. The question now is how far is the fall? Time will tell. Will electing someone who is proud of assaulting women, makes fun of the disabled, clearly ethnocentric and narcissistic, racist, a war monger, fear monger, a liar and a cheat (have I forgotten anything?) have any consequences? Of course it will, but what they will be we have yet to see. “When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.” Anyone remember this verse from Proverbs before you voted?
My world seems less safe today than yesterday. Yet I cannot give into fear. I have to practice what I preached on Sunday: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled, don’t be afraid…” I remind myself today of the Way of Jesus. It is a long pilgrimage of following him and practicing his ways. Which are so very different from the ways of this world. It is a way of doing good, not being overcome by evil, but overcoming evil with good. It is a path of peace, where peacemakers, the humble, the poor, the pure in heart, those hungry and thirsty for justice, the meek, the merciful, those in mourning, and yes the persecuted are all blessed. It is a way of forgiving and being forgiven. It is the way of loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Thank goodness and thank God advent is just around the corner. Maybe some will search their souls during this season and align themselves with the Good Shepherd and his ways. It will help as we encounter the consequences of our choices. Maybe listening to Handel’s Messiah will help us get through some of this darkness. I’m starting early – today.
Here’s some sheep verses in case you are interested.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
1 Peter 2:25
For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.