I’ve had a lot of experience with dogs here on the farm including, those that herd, those that guard, and some found on the farm that are predators to my flock of sheep. I am a bit upset that some people equate the words “sheep dog” with a guard dog as if all sheep dogs guard the flock. No, there is a distinct difference between a dog that moves and directs a flock of sheep under command of the shepherd, and a dog that protects the flock from predators. A herding dog, like the Border Collie breed, herds sheep, and a guard dog, like the Great Pyrenees breed, is a protector of the flock. There is a ministry in America that conducts sheep dog seminars focused on security for church congregations, with the photo of a Border Collie, herding type dog, as their logo… too bad that Christians, who focus on truth cannot present total truth.
The guard dog or Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD), will attack predators in the flock, if necessary, but much of the time, predators don’t come near when the LGD barks. I hear it often, coyotes howl at night, followed by warnings from my three guard dogs. The bark of the LGD sounds an alarm that often keeps the predator from coming closer to the flock.
I have had several encounters with stray dogs during the past 34 years. Often we see stray hunting dogs that we catch and keep until their owner comes to get them. These dogs usually have a collar identifying its owner. On one occasion I saw a stray dog chasing, but not attacking my sheep. It did not appear to be a hunting dog. We kept the dog for several days before the owner came to get it. During that time, my guard dogs became acquainted with the stray dog, which I kept in a kennel. Thus the guard dogs did some socialization with the penned stranger during that time. Although I did not know the owner of the dog, he learned about the dog’s whereabouts and came got it.
Several months later, I saw the same dog chasing my sheep with my guard dogs cautiously watching as if to dare the dog to attack one of the sheep. This happened on more than one occasion, and I concluded that my guard dogs had come to accept the stray as one belonging on the property, because of their association in the past. Finally after a prolonged cold winter with heavy snow cover, that same dog chased the sheep so much that 8-9 adult sheep died in one night. This can happen under stress when the sheep’s stored nutrients become depleted.
Who Guards the Temple?
Surely the Levites who wandered away from Me when Israel went astray, and who strayed from Me after their idols, will bear the consequences of their sin. Yet they will occupy My sanctuary, serving as guards at the temple gates and ministering at the temple. They will slaughter the burnt offerings and other sacrifices for the people and will stand before them to serve them. Because they ministered to the house of Israel before their idols and became a sinful stumbling block to them, therefore I swore an oath against them”—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“that they would bear the consequences of their sin. They must not approach Me to serve Me as priests or come near any of My holy things or the most holy things. They will bear their disgrace and the consequences of the detestable acts they committed. (Ezekiel 44:9-14 –HCSB)
Homosexuality is contrary to God’s Law, the Bible. Currently it is illegal in 76 countries, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision several years ago made homosexuality legal throughout the U.S. This is the appropriate time to quote some radio preacher I heard many years ago, “One thing you need to know about the Supreme Court… it isn’t!”
In June of this year a young woman in Missouri was crowned Miss Missouri, and she says she is gay, currently a popular misnomer for “homosexual,” someone who participates in sex acts with another person of the same sex. Incidentally, I have a Ph.D. degree in Reproductive Physiology, and all animals are heterosexual, which means they prefer to participate in sexual acts with members of the opposite sex. I guess God made them that way, huh? Since the people who believe in evolution are often the same ones who believe homosexuals are born that way, how does that work, evolved through sexual reproduction, and yet born homosexual??? Since the judges knew prior to their decision, what did they “miss” in the title of “Miss” Missouri? Would not such a person represent all things ladylike? Alert! Homosexuality is not ladylike! Look at this quote from her:
It’s certainly making history and I’m not sure I set out to do that, but I am the first openly gay Miss Missouri and contestant to head to Miss America so I am excited about that. But, mainly, I’m excited to represent the LGBT community,” O’Flaherty, 23, said on “Good Morning America” today live from St. Louis.
Get that, she’s excited to represent the LGBT community? And, those of us who fail to celebrate, and instead, call homosexuality a perversion, are just old fashioned and out of touch. More disturbing, is the fact that many professing Christians, including some pastors see nothing wrong with homosexuality.
Perhaps the guard dogs in our culture have become too accustomed to homosexuality, and therefore won’t even bark if one of them is selected as Miss Missouri.
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. (Acts 20:28-31)