Paige Courtney

False Shepherds

Woe to the shepherds of Israel who have been pasturing themselves! Should not shepherds pasture the flock? You consumed milk, wore wool, and slaughtered fatlings, but the flock you did not pasture. You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sick nor bind up the injured. You did not bring back the stray or seek the lost but ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and became food for all the wild beasts. -Ezekiel 34:2-5

This powerful passage from Ezekiel is most often applied to corrupt pastors and priests, but it also provides an illuminating meditation on 21st century dating.