A Scriptural Summary of Today's Spiritual Shepherds
By Chuck Baldwin
October 1, 2002
During private devotions recently, I came across Isaiah 56:9-12. I
believe this passage truly depicts many of today's pastors and
Christian leaders. See if you don't agree.
*They are blind to approaching danger.
The dangers facing our country today are as real as approaching
wolves would be to the security and safety of any herd of grazing
sheep. America's wolves are stalking and attacking us daily. They
seek the blood of our liberties and the flesh of our constitutional
form of government. What is the reaction to these imminent threats
by today's spiritual shepherds? They sit blind, ignorant, and dumb,
just as Israel's watchmen did in Isaiah's day.
*They refuse to sound the alarm.
Isaiah describes these worthless watchmen who refuse to bark out
a warning as "dumb dogs." Truly, what good are dogs that won't
bark? What good are shepherds that won't fight for the flock?
What good are pastors and Christian leaders who refuse to stand
against the forces of evil that seek our country's demise? The Lord
Jesus said that these savorless saints were "good for nothing" and
would eventually be "trodden under foot of men."
*They are greedy and self-centered.
Isaiah further describes his generation of spiritual leaders as every
one looking "for his own gain." They were selfish and soft. They
would do nothing that jeopardized their own financial and material
prosperity. If that doesn't remind one of many pastors and
Christian leaders in America today, nothing does.
I realize that there are thousands of honest, hard-working, and
honorable ministers across the country who are not afraid of being
politically incorrect and who are courageously sounding the alarm
for liberty and righteousness. Unfortunately, such shepherds are
about as popular as screen doors on submarines.
So, while most of our spiritual shepherds slumber, the wolves of
socialism, materialism, and egalitarianism continue their incessant
invasions against America's founding principles. The faithful flock
has already been torn and shredded by the ferocious fangs of these
The shepherds have the power to cast off these carnivorous
creatures and save the country – but will they awaken from their
slumber in time to do it?
© Chuck Baldwin
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