I’ve been reading postings on Facebook about the shooting in Las Vegas. The following analogy came from a J Van Dyke, Spring Valley, Nevada, and Las Vegas Policeman, following his shift on the night of the Las Vegas tragic shooting.
“The sheep don’t always want the sheepdog around, because he reminds them there is evil in the world. But, still, the sheepdog is willing to fight in defense of the sheep and at a moment’s notice, he is willing to lay down his own life for the sheep he loves. It is simply who he is.”
This tells how a policeman or other officers can go into duty without debating the consequences. Without saying, this statement parallels with scripture in which Jesus refers himself as being the shepherd.
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’” Luke 15:4-7
The shooter in Las Vegas was a lost sheep. If only he had had a sheepdog or shepherd who could have steered him away from evil. We all need to become shepherds in this world.
Lord, we pray for the soul of the lost sheep who commits crime. Amen.