Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cowboy in the church

The Old Cowboy

One Sunday morning an old cowboy entered a church just before services were to begin. Although the old man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged.

In his hand he carried a worn out old hat and an equally well read Bible. The church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen.

The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes and jewelry.

As the cowboy took a seat, the others moved away from him.

No one greeted, spoke to, or welcomed him.

They were all appalled by his appearance and did not attempt to hide it.

As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher approached him and asked the cowboy to do him a favor. 'Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask him what he thinks would be appropriate attire for worship in church.' The old cowboy assured the preacher he would.

The next Sunday, he showed back up for the services wearing the same jeans, shirt, ragged boots, and hat. Once again he was completely shunned and ignored. The preacher approached the cowboy and said, 'I thought I asked you to speak to God before you came back to our church.' 'I did,' replied the old cowboy.

'If you spoke to God, what did he tell you the proper attire should be for worshiping in here?' asked the preacher.

'Well, sir, God told me that He didn't have a clue what I should wear. He said He'd never been in this church.'


Wanda said...

Oh don't you just love that old Cowboy.....I would love to have him in my church, and a 100 more just like him.

Lorraine said...

LOL I love this, it's wonderful!

Betsy said...

So doesn't have anything to do with the outside and all to do with the inside!

Nancy said...

Loved the first article. How true!!!

Also loved that cowboy!!! A LOT of churches down here are hoity-toity like that! They could use that old cowboy to visit their churches and say that to the preachers!

(((((( HUGS ))))))

raccoonlover1963 said...

Love it. After all, you go to church to worship the Lord, not to see who you can out-do in the appearance department. I've seen people wearing old tattered clothes to church several times. They simply don't have the money to buy nice clothes!

Tomate Farcie said...

Great answer!!