“What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!” Isaiah 5:18 (NLT)
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And can’t tell where to find them; Leave them alone,
And they’ll come home, Dragging their tails (tales) behind them. “Little Bo-Peep”
Somehow this scripture and the nursery rhyme I learned when I was a little girl keep running into each other in my spirit. The sheep are the lost souls who are thirsty for truth; yet instead of meeting Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they are being deceived by wolves in sheep’s clothing. Not only has Bo-Peep lost her sheep, The Church (every denomination included) has lost God’s Sheep.
Of course there is a major difference between the Bible and Nursery Rhymes. The Bible is the Word of God. Nursery Rhymes are friendly little human inspired teaching tools often connected to fable and conjecture. The Bible has eternal power to liberate us from our fears and problems. Nursery rhymes are not nearly that reliable. For example, while Bo-Peep knows that the sheep are lost and we do too; unlike Bo-Peep, we know where to find the lost sheep – the least of these. It’s just that too many of us are caught up in concerns about material gains, what we are going to eat, where we are going to sleep, political idolatry (masquerading as political correctness and worshipping the created U. S. Constitution rather than our God who created it) and all other types of things that we are too busy to open our eyes and see the sheep and feed the sheep the Good News!
What got me started on this train of writing is that Isaiah recognized that people are dragging lies along and deceiving the people, and the sheep in Bo-Peep’s song are out there dragging their tales of woe without discovering solutions to their problems. It is very obvious therefore that the human solutions, the suggestion that we should just leave the sheep alone, or file some more law suits and pass some more bills will all work out and the sheep will find their way back to sanity.
This is exactly what we have been doing for the past 50 years since The March on Washington and the I HAVE A DREAM speech. We have allowed something (the sower of discord actually) to confuse the global awareness of the connection of God to everything, and drink from the sewer of so called “separation of church and state.” We have allowed the sin of racism to continue (failing to humbly admit that we are not separate races, but one human blood/race as stated in Acts 17:26), we have allowed prayer to be banned from schools, babies to be aborted by the millions, natural marriage and family to be ridiculed, and all too many of us remain silent and fearful of losing the favor of other humans.
While many of us continue to secretly meet our spiritual obligations to pray for all those in authority (and even those who wish to be) behind closed doors, we are still silent in the public square and at the voting booths. We must remember that we cannot turn away from our civic duty to vote for and elect God fearing leaders. It would be foolish to come off the wall and to turn away from these responsibilities. If we have abandoned these duties, I am urging us to reprioritize our thinking, our actions and yes, our praying.
I was with Larry and Doris Tomczak of theeawarenessgroup.com recently. God breathed on His assignment to us to “awaken the people to truth.” Using my 3 Headed Monster Chart, we discussed the connection among racism, reproductive genocide and sexual perversion. All three human states of rebellion defy God’s loving desire for a family and God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply.”
The racist basically says this: “I might (not I will) be fruitful and multiply… I might have sex with the opposite sex and make babies, but only on my terms. If the sexual partner doesn’t look like me, have the same skin color and other qualifying factors, then no – I will not be fruitful and multiply. I will not agree with and accept that we are to be brothers and sisters, that we are one human blood/race.” (Acts 17:26)
The reproductive genocide mindset says this: “I may or may not have sex or use artificial means for the purpose of conceiving children. I will not accept that the initial design for human sexuality has always been for procreation. I will do as I wish. It is my life, my egg or my sperm. It is my body. I will take surgical and chemical means to have my way, even if it hurts babies, women and families and society at large. If I am a woman and become pregnant, I will believe the lies of abortion minded facilitators and abort the babies. I will risk breast cancer, cervical cancer, strokes, heart attacks and other hidden dangers to stand for the right to choose death over life.” The solution? Choose Life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
The sexual perversion camp pretty much says: “I will do whatever feels good no matter the consequences to myself or others. I was born this way, and so God must want me this way. I do not want to know that God made a way for me to conform with God’s plan for procreation – that I can be Born Again. I would rather believe the lie that God creates sickness, disease and sexual perversion. I’m not sure that I even want to know who did create all of the problems in the world.” What many do not understand is that all human beings are born into sin. (Psalms 51:5) Too many people don’t believe this, that’s why sickness, disease, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, child molestation and abuse, rape, incest, pornography and other even darker human conditions are all connected to this link in the tail (tale) that is being dragged along behind all too many deceptions. The solution? Born into the Human Condition? Be born again. (John 3:7)
All too many accept evil as good and good as evil. For instance, dragging their lies and deceptions along, Planned Parenthood doles out death and tries to sell the package in a glittering lie called “family planning.” Sounds like what the snake did to Eve thousands of years ago. He told her that if she ate the forbidden, she would not die. Well, she died, just like millions of aborted babies and hundreds of their mothers died from abortions. Parents ate the forbidden lies of the abortionists, and millions have died, sadly legally since 1973. And yet, people invite PPH to their churches and rallies and accept their free condoms, tainted “grant monies (many of which are obtained from our tax dollars) and all of the other trappings that promise happiness and bring sadness.
As I point out the obvious, that there are wolves when we need good shepherds, please don’t be discouraged. We are actually winning this battle. In the ongoing commitment to encourage and equip you, I want to recommend a new book by a new friend Dr. Penny Smith: The Second Woman Bible Study: Healing from Intimate Partner Violence and Post-Abortion Grief
Also, please visit my website at africanamericanoutreach.com for the new updates and videos and other tools that can assist you in fighting the good fight.
Finally, as we move away from the long hot summer towards Thanksgiving and Christmas, and next year towards the March for Life, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Black History Month and yes, the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Acts, we can see that we have a lot ahead of us. I’m praying that we will not be like Bo-Peep and say we don’t know how to find the lost sheep – the sheep like Miley Cyrus who seems not to be aware of and understand the beauty and preciousness of her sexuality; like NBA “power couple” Udonis Haslem and Faith Rein who announced their abortion at their wedding; like all of the precious young people who are chanting against God at rallies these days – yes, like all of the millions who are lost in darkness and need to see the bright light of Agape Love and hope. The truth is this. If we leave them alone, they can’t come home. They’ll just keep dragging their tales behind them. Please pray with me and wake up before the dream really becomes a nightmare!