Are you the lost sheep?

What does it mean to be smart like a snake? My friend asked me this question as we stood by a noisy cotton market in Central Asia. It is a region in the world that is experiencing violent attacks by Islamic extremists and the continuing repression of communism. I remember I couldn’t answer it so I decided to keep quiet. My friend continued, “Tell me, does a snake hear God?” Again, ignorance and the fear of getting it wrong I remained silent. He said, “The serpent hears God, but he does not obey God.” My brother paused, smiled, and said in a gentle and sincere voic asked: “Sounds like you?”