The use of the word “sheep” by Christ to describe his followers is misunderstood.
Sheep are mindless, docile, slow-witted and weak followers of the crowd (herd).
Is that what Christ meant when he called us his sheep? Is it our duty as Christians to become and behave more like sheep? Is that a necessary requirement when choosing to become a follower of Christ?
That doesn’t make sense!
And it flies in the face of Apologetics and the foundational scripture that supports it.
1 Peter 3:15 2 Corinthians 10
It’s all a misunderstanding
Who wants to be a docile and mindless follower of anyone?
I once visualized Christians as human sheep or “Sheeple” led to intellectual slaughter by their decision to follow Christ.
Yet it was my own intellect feeding incorrect data to my imagination that created this visual! My imagination in turn seized the intellect by the throat and choked further inquiry. My intellect was attacked and overcome by the monster it had created!
It wasn’t until I was 46 that this barrier was overcome so I could begin to see the real message of Jesus and the massive corroborating evidence that supports that message.
Here are the facts:
-We are already Sheeple by default.
-We already follow the herd.
-We are already intellectually and conceptually slaughtered whether self-directed or led by another.
-The so-called leaders that arise from the herd are a product of the herd itself and are afflicted themselves at the outset.
-Therefore a leader that can lead us to freedom and from this inevitable slaughter cannot come from within the herd.
-That leader must come from outside the herd.
-There is only one.
-Every one of us remains a Sheeple without Him.
-He is the only leader that doesn’t lead us to slaughter. He heals us then leads us away from the eternally destructive influence of the herd. To freedom.
He is the only one who can.
Sheeple are those who do not put their trust in and follow Jesus Christ. We all start out this way. But those who remain behind choose instead to blindly trust and follow a Frankenstein monster of the truth hidden within a pleasant philosophy, religion, lifestyle or hypothesis invented by the herd.
Those who are willing to follow the evidence where it leads will be led to Christ… Those who won’t and don’t are left behind.
So the popular view held by Sheeple that Christians are mindless, docile, slow-witted and weak followers of the crowd are speaking of themselves. Their contention that Christ requires this of his followers is in serious error.
Otherwise why would he tell his disciples…
“Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Mathew 10:16
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ ” Matthew 22:37 [Italics Mine]