PLEASE UNDERSTAND: Our use of the word "Sheepdog" is simply the metaphor we use to describe someone who is concerned for the welfare and safety of others. We are NOT into titles and names - and seldom will you hear us refer to ourselves as sheepdogs. We are into the protection of innocent human life. Whatever that makes us, so be it.
Wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs?
It has been said that there are 3 kinds of people in the world...
...wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. Most people are sheep - and there's nothing wrong with that. They love peace and quiet, and they are not likely to rise to the occasion should violence strike.
Another kind of person is a wolf. Wolves can be vicious. They will attack a person just because they want their wallet, or choose to rape their daughter. They are evil.
Fortunately, there is a third kind of person in the world: Sheepdogs. Sheepdogs love peace, too. However, they are aware that there is evil in the world. They know the wolves prowl about. They do not crave violence, and wish the world was free of its wars and riots. But they know that heaven with its glory has not yet arrived. And until it does, the sheepdog will take his/her stand against violent people (wolves).
When we refer to a "Sheepdog Seminar for Churches," we are appealing to churches to form Eyes and Ears Teams at their houses of worship: men and women (sheepdogs) who's assignment on that particular day is to watch out for anyone and anything that threatens the safety of the congregation.
Col. Grossman's thoughts on Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs...
"The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed..."
"The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, 'Baa.' Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog..."
" Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land..."
"...a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night...
These are excerpts from an article about sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs, written by Col. Grossman.
These Two Men
The two men in the photos above are Kenneth Truitt and James "Red" McDaniel. These men were sheepdogs. Both men were at First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas on Sunday morning, June 22, 1980. During the morning worship, a lone gunman entered the sanctuary and after shouting "This is War," he began to fire upon the more than 350 worshipers.
Both men drove the shooter out of the church - and both men were killed while doing so.
An award-winning docudrama has been produced about this shooting. Go to HeartStone Pictures to learn more. Watch the trailer here: