A strange, strange world
I recently read a homily about Sheep – from a blog called “God Must Laugh“. A couple great quotes
How many of you have been to a circus before? Did you see any trained animals? Bears? Elephants? Tigers? You know what you didn’t see? Sheep. You know why? Because sheep are stupid.
…they do come equipped with about 8 pounds of Velcro all over their body, so you can grab them pretty much anywhere and drag them to the ground
…Dogs raise their hackles, cats arch their back, rattlesnakes coil and lift their head to make themselves appear larger. What can sheep do? How do you puff up when you’re already fluffy?
I have no idea how accurate the info is. It’s pretty funny though And leads to a discussion I was having with a friend about Church life – and how the tendency of God’s people is to want to be impressive – “We are sheep in wolves’ clothing. Trying to be cool. Trying to be in charge and independent. Who are we trying to impress? Other sheep? “
It reminds me of the people of Israel who wanted a king – “the OTHER nations have KINGS! we want a king too! we look weird! we want to be IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!” wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
About 1050 BC (About 3000 years ago): After about 350 years of being ruled by judges, the people of Israel demand to have a king, like the neighboring countries. By demanding a king, the people are turning away from their faith in God as their king
You can read for yourself that being impressive & looking like the nations around them didn’t turn out well in the end….
Groups up with the leaders they want – and in the end, they end up with the leaders they deserve. It’s scary that the grace of God is really about NOT getting what you deserve – and the discipline of God often comes down to receiving a portion of the natural consequences of your own actions.
In the first three centuries of the church, the body attracted new members despite being despised for their faith. I don’t think this was because of a flyer advertising “experience new and interesting ways to die slowly, in lots of pain“. Lots of different theories on why people risked it – but it came down to “they showed kindness and love in a way that shocked Roman sensibilities.”
Tertullian wrote that while pagan temples spent their donations “on feasts and drinking bouts,” Christians spent theirs “to support and bury poor people, to supply the wants of boys and girls destitute of means and parents, and of old persons confined to the house.”
…”The impious Galileans support not only their poor,” complained pagan emperor Julian, “but ours as well.”
The people of God never drew anyone to the faith with impressive speeches, monetary success, military success.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong” 1 Cor 1:27