Are Sheep Dumb?

Actually studies have shown that they are not!  They have an impressive ability to remember and recognize other sheep, they respond to facial expressions and can navigate complex mazes.  They’re not completely fearful or defenseless either.  They can kick hard, and even a ewe will charge if threatened.  That being said, sheep are herd animals.  They tend to follow the sheep in front of them. They may panic when separated from their fellow sheep because they are safest when they are together. This is not stupid behavior — it is simply realistic.  It is also sheep being true to their nature.

Where am I going with this?  I think there is a reason that Christians are referred to as a flock of sheep.

“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.”  Isaiah 40:11

We, too, are social animals.  We do best with others.  As Christians, we will be better nourished if we stay with our flock.  We will hear the Word and receive the sacraments.  There is less chance that we will go astray.  There is safety in numbers, and a good shepherd (which we certainly have) will guide us in the right path.  Fellow members will keep us accountable, and search us out when we wander.  The young and weak will be protected.

So don’t be a lone ranger Christian.  Be one of the sheep and follow the best Shepherd ever.  It’s not dumb, it’s smart — and it’s the way God created us.!

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