Should the Arkansas Baptist News promote cowboy churches? Cowboy church: What is the implication? What impression does that make on the world? Does it imply that they are an exclusive, clannish group?
What if sports figures, farmers, bankers, lawyers, doctors, the military and other professionals wanted churches which glorify their professions?
Christians should want to associate with people of like faith, not like profession.
Some people believe in “whatever it takes.” Do we deceive people into believing all is right with God when we entice them to come because of fun, food and entertainment? Crowds followed Jesus because of the miracles He did, but He didn’t commit Himself to them.
We should follow Him and encourage others to follow Him because of who He is and because of His sacrifice He made to save the world. How we cheapen Him and His sacrifice when we resort to drawing people to Him through worldly practices!
Deuteronomy 28 lists blessings on those who obey Him and curses on those who disobey Him. Verse 45a says, “Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed.” Verse 47 says, “Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things.” Our purpose for serving is all-important.