Are People Really Sheep in Disguise?
At some point in time I became an observer of people and I found myself paying particular attention to how people respond to certain things in life and this has led me to come to certain conclusions about people in general. For example; if a person is ill they look for the best doctor they can find to meet their particular need, and if they have a monetary need they search for the place that will give them the best interest rate on the money they borrow. I have learned people do the things they do because they are searching for answers to life’s problems. This in itself is unique because every person thinks their problem is unique to them, but that is not true. Many people have the same problem and if they were to form a group and pool all of their problematic experiences together; they would be surprised at what they could learn from one another about life’s problems and how to solve them. But people are not group minded, so they follow the advice of one or two people they are familiar with. And depending upon the advice they receive and their willingness to follow up on that advice, determines the outcome of their situation.
Knowing all of this beforehand has caused me to ask the questions; “Why do people do the things they do? And what purpose do these things serve?” Why do people seek temporary relief instead of lasting relief. If a person in need were truly seeking lasting relief from their problems, it seems to me they would study the end results of like problems encountered by other people over an extended period of time before they themselves enter into this problematic area. But people don’t like long term commitments because they require change. So in the end they spend their time seeking temporary relief rather than lasting relief; and because they are looking for a short term answer for a long term problem; they most often end up disappointed with the results they get.
The bible teaches there is only one way of doing things and coming up with the same results every time. There is a right way and a wrong way and every way but the right way is a wrong way, and a wrong result will result every time a wrong action is applied to a situation. Two wrongs never make a right, a right and a wrong will not yield a positive result; only continuous right actions will yield the results we are looking for. To clarify this, let us use the number ‘one’ to keep this explanation simple. if we add a positive one with a positive one we get a positive two. If we add a positive one with a negative one, we get zero, nada, nothing; and if we add two negatives ones we get a negative two. In the spiritual world applying a right application to a situation will yield a positive result. This is God‘s way of doing things. If we apply a negative (natural) application to a spiritual principle we will get a negative result everytime. This we want to shy away from because this is Satan‘s goal for man. If he can keep us applying wrong applications to our spiritual problems we keep getting further and further into trouble. His hope is that we will give up and quit trying to overcome the situation. If we want to turn our problematic life around; we have to start applying right applications (God’s Word) to our problems and we will start getting the results we desire. If we try to mix a right action with a wrong action hoping to get a right result; forget it. It ain’t going to happen. It can’t happen because God has not set up His kingdom that way. It’s as simple as this: If we are not doing things God’s way, we are doing them the wrong way; and we will keep getting a negative result until we change our way of doing things. The only hope of overcoming our problems in this life is to take care of them God’s Way. If we refuse to do things God’s Way, don’t expect a change in your situation.
This has also led me to conclude that some people believe money is the answer to their problems, so they hoard as much of it as they can. The reason they hoard money is because they have a fear of being without. So they spend their whole life working to obtain money at the expense of there family life. Not understanding that they are creating a family problem that money does not have an answer for. There are others who believe money is the root of all evil; so they do everything they can to get rid of their money as fast as they can; so when a need arises they don’t have any money to take care of their need. There are still others who put their trust in people only to be disappointed when that person fails them; and still, there are others who don’t trust anyone because they have a fear of getting hurt. Then there are people who set themselves up as problem solvers; ie., doctors, lawyers, bankers, counselors, psychiatrist, psychologist etc., and then there are others who are problem starters; ie., thieves, rapists, murderers, etc. Then there are people who don’t want to be bothered because they consider their time to be more valuable than the person with the problem; so when they see a person with a problem; they turn their head or cross over to the other side of the street and pass the victim by as though by their doing nothing to help the problem, it will some how go away or doesn’t exist. Then there are people who genuinely care for others and who have answers and who are willing to get actively involved in the lives of people who have problems. No where is this better summarized than in the story of the Good Samaritan in [Luke 10:25-37] And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he (the lawyer) answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.” And He (Jesus) said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, (the lawyer) wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring in oil and wine; and set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you,’ “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he (the lawyer) said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Jesus tells us in Scripture that men are like sheep. Since He is the Good Shepherd, He surely knows what we are like. I believe He came to this conclusion because the majority of people will follow anyone bold enough to speak out and take the lead. The truth is most people are lost and wander through life aimlessly. If you don’t think this is true; just watch the kids drive up and down main street on the weekend. What are they looking for? They don’t know. So they drive from one end of town to the other, only to turn around and go back the way they came, hoping something will happen or someone will come along that will make their day complete. The same could be said for single adults and married adults. Why do people go to the bars, clubs, singles events, parties, or sit at home curled up on the sofa, or stretched out in a Lazy Boy watching television for hours at a time?
It doesn’t seem to matter to them where they are headed or in what direction they are going just as long as they are busy doing something. That makes them susceptible to being led into areas of life they aren’t familiar with and that is when they get into trouble. I study people and I have come to realize everyone has problems and most everyone deals with them in different ways, and as I have observed the things they do; I have come to realize that most people are really searching for a solution to their problem and they are pretty much willing to do whatever is necessary to get relief which makes them susceptible to anyone who says to them, “This is the way; walk ye in it” and off they go in search of relief for whatever is bothering them. This observations has caused me to think about what they are really looking for? And I have come to the conclusion that they are all looking for relief from the pressures of life. Jesus called the leaders of such people; “The blind leaders of the blind.” If this is true and it is… it might explain why the bars are full and a steady line of cars are at the liquor store drive through, the divorce court dockets are full, and the doctor’s office appointment book is full, etc., etc., etc. Somebody at one time convinced them, “This is where you go to get relief,” and so off they went to the recommended place in search of relief. Only to find the relief they are seeking isn’t there. But they will keep going back to the same places hoping at some point in time the help they need will be there to help them. That’s a shame. Because the help they need is not in any of those places. I have gone there, and done that. Not only did I find the search to be fruitless; it was also very expensive. DThrash