“I am the good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11 NASV
Social media strives diligently to hijack our thoughts, feelings, and actions , especially those of our children’s. Propaganda is growing around the world and has become a boiling pot of lies with the soul intention of trying to deceive the weak and helpless.
Truth is becoming obscure. But there is hope.
How did we get to this point?
Take wolves. Wolves are social animals that travel in packs, and each pack has a leader called the alpha male. They are nocturnal; they sleep in the day and roam freely at night while seeking their prey. They are carnivores: meat eaters. They are stronger in numbers, and wolves assess their situation before leaping into action.
To make an analogy, sadly, we have human wolves roaming our country. They disguise themselves as social media pundits, wealthy politicians, college professors, Hollywood elites, and late night hosts who strive to promote their social and political agendas–not all but many. Many have changed our history.
Human wolves –many times dressed in sheep’s clothing–seek to prey on the sheep of the world, especially those who appear weak, and those who haven’t the strength to fight back will pay the price.
Like real wolves, human wolves don’t stay in one place too long. They’re known to travel up to twelves miles a day; but in our society they can travel the world in the blink of an eye through our modern means of communication. They communicate by howling, barking, growling, whining, and disrupting the calm, causing havoc wherever they go.
THE NEED FOR A SHEPHERD
On the tender side of the animal kingdom are the sheep. Sheep must rely heavily on their master–the Good Shepherd–to take care of them. Some may think this is a sign of weakness when in fact it’s their greatest strength, because the Bible says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil 1:13 NASV). A shepherd works day and night to protect his sheep because he knows the dangers that lurk.
Sheep need endless attention and the utmost care. Their masters must keep a vigilant watch. And because of the disproportionate weight of their bodies, they can fall down, roll over, which makes it impossible for them to get up without the help of their shepherd. They will flail, bleat, and fight to right themselves, but if their master doesn’t rescue them in time, gas collects in their four-compartment stomach, eventually suffocating them. This is the description of cast down sheep.
King David knew how it felt to be cast down (Ps. 42:11 NASV). Some shepherds go to great lengths to provide their flock with the best of everything: plentiful grazing of green pastures, unlimited water sources, keeping pests away, and so on. Just like Jesus does with those who belong to Him.
There are other managers who do little to care for their flock because all they care about is what’s in it for them: profit from the fleece. And as a result, the flock suffers and flounders among the thorns. When a shepherd neglects his sheep, and doesn’t keep a vigilant watch, the sheep are subject to falling prey to wolves, dogs, cougars, or rustlers. Sheep are at the mercy of their keepers.
We are like sheep. We are easily distracted, and we can become unaware of what is going on around us as we rifle through life on a daily basis. We live in our little pastures, feeling safe and secure as we graze on the green richness of God’s blessings, unaware that there are wolves prowling about and trying to find a way to attack.
These wolves are not just at our back doors or looking through our fences, they’ve broken down the gates to our communities and are roaming free, seeking those whom they can devour.
These are our true enemies, and we are their prey. They have crossed the line, filled with fury and rage because they are hungry for souls they can deceive in order to bring them to their side. They won’t stop until they devour the weak and helpless. Their only mission is to seek and destroy.
While the sheep have been asleep, the wolves have crept in and pillaged our towns, cities, and villages. It is time for all timid sheep to wipe their sleepy eyes, and realize that the wolves can no longer be ignored. They must be driven out of our towns and communities…
*to be continued
Excerpt from: Hurting Hearts Need a Light