Sheep, Shepherds, and Wolves

nazareneMuch has been said this week, some of it here, about ISIS and the Christians of Mosul. It is right for us to weep, and gnash our teeth over the fate that is overtaking our brothers and sisters. Many of us lay much of the blame at the feet of our politicians, I think that also correct. But understand this, we, especially in Britain and America, elected them, they are our representatives, and they act, or don’t act, in our names.

We have other leadership though, and that is the leadership of our churches. And where are they? These are our brothers and sisters, literally in Christ at risk. We are taught, all of us, to turn the other cheek, yes. But they self identify as the shepherds of the flock. I grew up around, not so much shepherds, per se, but around cattlemen, who are not very different. One thing I know, is that cattlemen detest wolves, there is a reason why it is nearly always an open season on wolves and coyotes in our societies. they are destructive of our herds and flocks. And so, they must be destroyed.

That is part of the role of the shepherd. usually and ably assisted by the sheepdog, and I think nearly all of my readers will know who self-identifies in that role. They are there, and they are ready, but it is not their decision to make, that is for the shepherd, and if they vacillate, and prevaricate, and attempt to placate and live with the wolves, the flock shall suffer the losses.

Usually, I find Judge Jeanine Pirro, a bit strident for my taste, which is why I don’t usually run her videos here, and also I like to lighten-up a bit on the weekends when her videos become available. But this week she is correct. She is Catholic, and faults the Pope, I don’t disagree but her net is too narrow, where is the Church of England, where are the Lutherans, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Evangelicals, the Fundamentalists, and yes, the Orthodox as well, all the rest who comprise what was once called Christendom, and was the force that made men not only Holy, but free?

We can speak of The Church of the East, that never believed in earthly power, it was a glorious church, spreading from Nineveh (close to Mosul) all the way through China and India, as well as Eastern Russia. But it is gone, lost nearly even to history, and now we in our time, are perhaps witnessing its final destruction. In many ways, it is comparable to the fall of Constantinople, except that the Orthodox faith was able to continue.

And so, as you watch Judge Jeanine, ask yourself if this is what our faith teaches, or if our shepherds, and yes, our sheepdogs, are meant to protect the flock, or merely to lie down with wolves, and coyotes. I know my answer. What is yours?

 

As my co-author, Jessica, so eloquently reminds us this morning on her blog. We are not condemning all of Islam here. Like any large group of people, Islam has its bad actors, wolves and coyotes if you will. The problem seems to be that the predators have taken over their sheepfold and are attempting to take over ours as well.

 

This is from the old version of the Lutheran Service Book, as printed in the old Lutheran Hymnal, from General Prayer I

All who are in trouble, want, sickness, anguish of labor, peril of death, or any other adversity, especially those who are suffering for Thy name’s and for Thy truth’s sake, comfort, O God, with Thy Holy Spirit, that they may receive and acknowledge their afflictions as the manifestation of Thy fatherly will.

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23 Responses to Sheep, Shepherds, and Wolves

  1. My only comment is about your personal take on Judge Jeanine as being too strident. It might be in normal times but, for me and many others, it is breath of fresh air to have someone pull no punches, speak her mind and not give a flip as to what her detractors may say: the same reason I appreciate Ann Barnhardt. The funny thing is, why is it that these women who have the stones to stand up and speak where our brave men and leaders (both secular and religious) are hiding under their desks? God bless them for saying what nobody else has the guts to put out there.

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    • NEO says:

      I don’t disagree with you, and I rarely disagree with her (or Ms Barnhardt, for that matter). I just prefer a slightly cooler tone in my articles, more like, say, Bill Whittle. He, and I, say very much the same thing, just a different tone.

      I admire, and bless, all you are willing to speak out and be counted, which of course includes you as well.

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      • Dittos, my friend. In this climate we have a dearth of voices willing to put it all on the line. Right or wrong that at least have courage which is something this world seems to have lost; especially in the realm of the news media.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so, fearless voices in the wilderness are in short supply, I reckon they always are.

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        • Always. Bill Whittle and Mark Levin (and others) do their part and these brave ladies are doing their part as well.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed they are, and I emphatically note that I do not disparage their voice, it simply is not my voice. My voice is more attuned to Whittle, and Levin, and other seen here. That is why we need many voices, because some work better of one, and another for others.

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        • That is so. The more voices the merrier as far as I am concerned.

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        • NEO says:

          Very much so. As a pastor long ago noted in my church, “We are not called to be the celestial choir, we are called to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” 🙂

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        • Its a good thing, because I can’t sing worth a hoot. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I ain’t the greatest either 🙂

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        • I’ll stick to trumpet and guitar. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  2. Very Good Post Neo…. Could say many many things. But I guess It Just Will Stay in the saying.
    This AGAIN something Why The UNITED NATIONS exist and should serve its purpose.
    Plenty Gonna Say But Nobody Gonna Do.
    Christians who been there much before than Islam will be no more and this IslamoNazism will go on and on….
    The World Need A Cromwell ! And Fast…

    God Bless You !

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Wil.

      Yes, the UN exists, and for all practical purposes, it is useless, if something is to be done, it will have to be by the west, The US, the UK, NATO, the churches, or some combination. It’s not hopeless, but neither is it likely any time soon.

      Keep the faith, my friend, and God bless.

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  3. the unit says:

    Lost an old friend of Mama this month. A Ridgway.
    Don’t know if any kin to the General, but made me look back.
    His long and prestigious military career was recognized by the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 12, 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, who stated that “Heroes come when they’re needed; great men step forward when courage seems in short supply.”
    I’ll just be able to watch and wait.

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    • NEO says:

      I had forgotten that quote. I won’t again. Thanks Unit.

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  4. yubahome says:

    Well said, NEO. Well said.

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    • NEO says:

      Thank you.

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  5. Sweet Lutheran Collect/Prayer! And Lord give your church and people perseverance in this hour, and to the end!

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    • NEO says:

      I really like that one, the new version is good but not as good.

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      • 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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