Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sheep or Wolf?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

I sat in my car watching a herd of sheep. I wanted to learn about them because the Bible often speaks of sheep, goats, and wolves. Having grown up in the city, I knew little about such animals.

Sheep flock together with their heads down while eating, allowing them to see little of anything but grass. They move together with their teeth constantly moving like hedge clippers. After a while, I saw two sheep stray and unintentionally separate from the flock. My mind started making connections with Bible stories about lost sheep, good shepherds, and wolves.

Joining observation with research, I found that sheep are good animals (givers). They are not only good, they’re good for something such as providing people with milk, food, and clothing. They are clean animals, and often used as sacrifices in Biblical times.

Sheep have no weapons to attack others with, or even defend themselves. They do best in a flock (the Church), and being led by a good shepherd (Jesus Christ). Biblically, sheep are those who belong to God, and are under the care and leadership of the Good Shepherd. He leads them. They know His voice, and they follow Him.

Wolves (takers) are very different. They are wild and fierce predators. They scatter flocks and kill sheep. Among wolves, the Bible counts false teachers, enemies of the flock, and rulers (the rich and powerful) that prey upon helpless others.

We must ask ourselves if we are sheep or wolves. In nature, it is impossible for a wolf to become a sheep, but in Christ, it happens frequently. The Apostle Paul was such a person. What kind of person are you?

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

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Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

The Guilty Set Free

“He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder . . .” (Luke 23:25).

He turned his back on the judge and began walking out of court. As he walked past the guards, his pace grew faster and faster, then he broke into a run. As he ran, he thought to himself, “I have to get out of here fast! They let me go! I have to disappear before they change their minds!” I imagine that thoughts like those were running through Barrabas’ mind when the authorities set him free.

Barrabas was a terrorist and a murderer. He had been tried for murder, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Roman custom dictated that one guilty person of the Jews choosing, could be set free each year. When the judge asked the crowd which one they wanted set free, Jesus or Barrabas, they repeatedly shouted, “Give us Barrabas! Give us Barrabas!”

The judge was forced to let a guilty man go, and by doing so condemned an innocent one (Jesus). Barrabas was the guilty one, but Jesus took his place.

Like Barrabas, many of us stand condemned. The Word of God condemns us as do the Spirit of God, and our own minds that whisper disturbing things to us. Barrabas’ freedom was paid for by the suffering and death of Jesus. Like him, we can be set free because Christ died for us. He took our place. Has he set you free?

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

GOOD AND BAD BUILDERS

Are you a good builder? In Luke 7:24-27, Jesus tells us that good builders build houses on good foundations, while bad builders are not so choosy. Foundations are important in building houses and lives. Good builders hear the word of God, and put it into practice. Their houses require a lot of labor and work, and are not built for looks alone. Although foundations can’t be seen, good builders dig down until rock is found and build their houses on the rock (Jesus Christ).

Bad builders hear the word of God, but don’t put it into practice. They are concerned about appearances, and build houses on surface values (sand). They don’t put a lot of labor or expense into them, but they look good and are admired by others.

Both houses look good for a while. Then storms (great events over which we have no control) come. In terms of houses, storms consist of wind, rain, and flood. In terms of human beings, storms consist of loss of employment, loss of loved ones through death or divorce, loss of hope, serious sickness, disability, depression, and death.

When the storms come, the houses with the good foundations stand strong and undamaged. The others are destroyed. What Jesus is telling us is hear the word of God, put it into practice, and your life will weather the storms. If you don’t put it into practice, expect disaster. Notice survival strength doesn’t come through only hearing, or even believing. It comes through doing.

What kind of foundation are our lives built on—hearing, believing, or doing? Only the doers are blessed!

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

ADS ATTACKING AARP

Big bucks are being spent by the 60 Plus Association for attack ads accusing AARP of selling out to Obamacare, trying to raise our taxes, increase our utility bills, and take money out of our wallets.

Since I have known AARP to be an organization that stands up for seniors, have attended their meetings, and have read many of their newsletters, I was shocked by such allegations. Then, I remembered something my mother taught me years ago, “You have to consider the source.”

60 Plus is a 501(c)(4) organization. They are not required to disclose who their donors are, and they don’t. I wonder what they have to hide. While they claim to be “nonpartisan,” they endorse only Republican candidates, and run attack ads opposing Democrats. They spend millions of dollars trying to influence elections. They have often been accused of being a front for large pharmaceutical companies, but it has never been proven. They are presently involved in opposing certain healthcare reform proposals, opposing federal energy standards, opposing the structure of the General Motors bailout, supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act, and opposing tax increases.

I hate attack ads. They often consist of innuendos, half-truths, and just plain lies. I have considered the source, and after doing so, I don’t give much, if any, credibility to the ads or to 60 Plus.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org