An understanding exists
among those who teach self-defense that there are three kinds of people –
sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. Sheep are the vast majority of people in our culture,
both in the Church and without, who are absolutely unaware of the dangers that
surround them. Wolves prey on this naivety
and lack of awareness. And finally, there are the sheep dogs that put
themselves between the sheep and the hungry wolves to protect the sheep.
As the Church, we
are called to put ourselves between people and the threats of darkness that seek
to devour them. This requires that we actually recognize the threat and develop
a plan of offense against the aggressor.
We confront wolves with weapons powerful enough to bring down the most
elaborate plans of darkness. This is an aggressive
form of spiritual warfare much like David confronting Goliath. A wise pastor
once told me, “You don’t convert wolves – you shoot them!” To most sheep this will sound harsh, but it
is really an act of love. What this
pastor meant was a wolfing spirit will only back down if it is confronted with
Many times this
confrontation can take place with a stealthy prayer offered in the middle of
the night or an act of kindness to an unloving recipient or granting
forgiveness when we would rather hold a grudge.
Because sheep have very little situational awareness they may not even
know you are there standing between them and the hungry wolf that sees them only
as prey. Your participation with the Spirit of God will dismantle the attack
strategy of darkness and give a sheep time to become a sheep dog.