The Apostle Paul said to the Church of Corinthians, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means that I might save some.”
To the devout, this verse speaks of a desire to learn about God’s children. To the cynic, this scripture espouses fraudulent behavior. To me, a cynical devotee of Christ, it’s a game plan. Jesus can put on the high society hat and hobknob with upper crust, or he can kick off his sandals and chill with us common folk.
Either way, he will be noticed and not come off as fake.
Fast forward to today where many folk are scorched with the church politics, gossiping hens and uber-fake pastors. And if you are completely thrashed with the drama, where do you go for fellowship? What do you do for some Jesus joy?
The movement is about 40 years old but has grown rapidly in recent years, especially among Baptists. The Midland, N.C.-based Cowboy Church Network of North America, supported by the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Missions Board, has started dozens of churches in 12 states and Canada since 2003.
“It appeals to you because it’s ‘come as you are,'” said Chris Maddox, who attends the Cowboy Church of Ellis County. “You don’t feel judged based on how you’re dressed, how you talk, how you look. We’re not asking somebody to be something they’re not.”
Amen to that! These are churches that begin meeting on ranches, in barns and even… dare I say… in nightclubs?! Jesus goes where you are. He never asked for you to be pretentious, asinine and a complete megalomaniac in order to worship him.
Most church folk can’t help themselves – judge people by the way they look, act, speak and even pray. Jesus didn’t do that either. He only asked that if you love him, then follow him. Regardless of how you are dressed, or how bow legged you are.
Sounds nice. Now only if I could really love country music, I would so be in the house… er, barn.