An Aggie Explains John 10:11-16

Where we read the following:

I am the Good Shepherd; and I know my sheep, and my sheep know me– Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep besides, which do not belong to this fold; I must lead them also, and they will listen to my voice; and they shall become one flock under ‘one Shepherd.’  (John 10:14-16)

This, from our war in Afghanistan:

The night I arrived, (Lt. Col. Guy) Jones was conducting his weekly “key-leader engagement meeting” in an office on the second floor of the District Center. Jones, who majored in nuclear engineering at Texas A&M, had a lot of theories, and one — just politically incorrect enough to flourish in a remote place like Arghandab — had to do with the role of key leaders in Afghanistan. “Compare the Afghan people to sheep,” Jones said to me in one of our long conversations. “You know if you just suddenly jump at sheep, they’ll fall over and have a heart attack? When they’re scared, they’ll just huddle with the shepherd. As soon as they hear the sound of his voice, they’ll calm down.” The Taliban were trying to terrorize people into fearing that their shepherds couldn’t protect them.

Although I think that Lt. Col. Jones’ case has merit, and certainly explains Jesus’ words clearly, the immediate problem is that his own shepherd–Barack Obama–is acting more like this:

I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man who is not a shepherd, and who does not own the sheep, when he sees a wolf coming, leaves them and runs away; then the wolf seizes them, and scatters the flock.  He does this because he is only a hired man and does not care about the sheep.  (John 10:11-13)

For those obsessive Ivy League elitists (and Teasippers) who would sneer at the thought of Aggie wisdom, I should point out that probably the most financially successful member of my A&M class is a nuclear engineering major who ended up working for the Rockefellers.

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