Jumping on the Bandwagon
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
There are thousands of new baseball fans who have jumped on the bandwagon. They cared less about baseball all season and now that their team is in the playoffs, you would be hard-pressed to find a ticket to see the team in the playoffs. Prior to the trade deadline, there were plenty of seats. After a team acquires some high profile players and start winning, everybody wants to go see the winning team. We as a people can be influenced by groups. Social media has popularized likes and tweets and if somebody likes a post, it can be shared and spread around. Marketers track these trends and popular word searches being used on the Internet. We can have the herd mentality and can follow the most popular opinions. I read about an incident ten years ago in a remote village in Turkey, a sheep wandered off a cliff to its death. 1500 more sheep followed that one sheep while the shepherds were having breakfast. 450 eventually died with other sheep surviving the fall as they crashed on top of the ones before them.
The Bible says that we are like sheep and the playoff excitement is a great example of so many people becoming interested in the playoff run of their local team. We can be easily distracted like sheep, but the Bible says that we need a shepherd to guide us. Jesus is the good shepherd and he knows his sheep. He will not be busy eating breakfast while we fall off a cliff. Jesus will lay down his life for his sheep. I doubt that a shepherd will go that extreme to protect their sheep. If they lose one, so be it. There are many more. Jesus is not like that as he cares for each one of his sheep and does not want to lose any sheep. So, when it comes to following, we can choose to jump on a trend and follow others or we can follow the voice and direction of the Good Shepherd.