church members sheep cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

10 reasons why we shouldn't call church members sheep anymore

church members sheep cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward  

I suggest that the sheep metaphor has largely lost its power. Most people don't understand sheep, flocks or farmers. Shepherds are a mystery just as much as sheep are. Most of us certainly do not understand the bedouin culture it has its roots in where the metaphor was rich with meaning.

So I thought I would have fun with this during Sheep Week. Should we be comparing people to sheep or community to flocks? Here are 10 reasons why I think the metaphor could be dropped:

  1. sheep are stupid
  2. in flocks they are even more gullible
  3. they have to be owned
  4. we eat them.
  5. some people rape sheep
  6. sheep have no defense
  7. they'll eat anything even if it kills them
  8. they are easy to fleece. In fact they come fleeced!'
  9. they spook easily
  10. they'll follow anybody

Maybe you can think of more?

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