I was recently informed via my pastor's daily e-mail devotional that "Forty-four times God's word calls us sheep. In fact... "sheep" is the most common metaphor for human beings in all of Scripture." Ah, yes. This is how God sees us. That little fact made this news story all the more amusing and insightful.
Hundreds of sheep followed their leader off a cliff in eastern Turkey, plunging to their deaths this week while shepherds looked on in dismay.
Four hundred sheep fell 15 yards to their deaths in a ravine in Van province near Iran but broke the fall of another 1,100 animals who survived, newspaper reports said Friday.
That's right. These animals are so with it that over 1500 of them went over a cliff for the sole reason that the one in front of them was doing the same. Only 450 died because there were already enough at the bottom to cushion the fall. That's what God thinks of us... the independent thinkers we are. Like Dr. Denison said, "God is not trying to increase our self-esteem when he calls us sheep." True dat, Doc, true dat...