Sheep in Black Eyeliner | Have A Little Faith with Nadia Bolz-Weber
No matter what people say, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber assures us that it’s okay to be the black sheep— you still belong to God’s herd.
[MUSIC PLAYING] NADIA BOLZ-WEBER: If the Lord is my shepherd, I guess that makes me a sheep. But the truth about sheep is that I don't want to be one. I mean, given the choice, I'd be a wolf or maybe a shepherd, but never a sheep. I want to make my own choices and go my own way.
So the truth about sheep is that sometimes we are rebellious. Our insistence that we aren't like other sheep keeps us from the one thing we really want, which is to belong and feel safe. And it is the complete lack of belonging and feeling safe that has made us turn, instead, to more black eyeliner.
We are the sheep who deplore our sheepness. And so we search for our belonging in things that don't really matter. But the truth about a sheep is also that sometimes, sometimes, we can shine. We do unbelievably tender and perfectly sheeply things for our fellow flockmates. We show them where the best grass is. We nudge them with our noses, helping them stand back up when they fall.
We are all these sheep. We are. And it's OK, because here's the truth about the shepherd. The shepherd never bases their protection and love and concern for their sheep on how the sheep look, or feel, or behave. That's just shit we created as a basis for belonging.
So we've made religion into the High Commission on Sheep Behavior and Worthiness. But the truth about the shepherd is that, despite all of this, they call a sheep by name. We know the voice. It's always there, under the clamor of insecurity and the cry of wolves and the murmurs of our own internal High Commission Unworthiness. The voice of the one who lays down his love for us rebellious and smelly sheep is always right there saying, you belong to me. You belong, you.