(For those of you who did not read my previous blog. This is the first chapter of my book. I'm sharing this chapter to get your feedback as I work on the book.)
I think it started with a song. Great movements are often sparked by artistic inspiration. For me, it was “The Sheep and the Goats” by Keith Green. If you’ve never heard that song, get it. It is essentially a recitation of Matthew 25 when Jesus talks about the Day of Judgment when He will separate his people (the sheep) from His enemies (the goats). I listened to Keith pour out the words as though it were bitter medicine. It had to be taken, but it didn’t taste good. “The Sheep” in Matthew 25 are not pastors or worship leaders or pious, closet Christians, untangled from the affairs of the world. The sheep are those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick and imprisoned, and welcomed the homeless. The sheep were people who loved people.
I first heard this song as a student at a fundamentalist Christian college, where social reform took a back seat to Republican activism. At this point, all it did was get me thinking. What does a sheep look like?