I wanna be a cowboy…baby

I always wanted to be a cowboy. Not the kind that work the cattle drives, but the kind like Wyatt Earp. The hat, the look, the walk, the attitude, and the two six guns. As a kid, I wore the toy guns every where. Had some boots that set off the look, and just in case it didn’t work out, I had a pleather biker jacket with a red liner.

Even now, I love watching fix like Tombstone, The Unforgiven, Silverado, High plains Drifter, and True Grit. Classic movies that make ya root for the good guy…even if he was broken. The independent spirit that embodies our heroes grabs us and inspires us to want to stand tall inspire of our personal shortcomings.

We kinda dig the broken hero deal. We try our hardest to identify with someone with great courage in the midst of overwhelming odds, even though most of us seldom get into the battle. Its easier to watch and toss insults to those involved than put ourselves out there.

The problem we seem to have now is that even the cowboy hero can decide whats right and wrong. The Christian has become so numb to the rampant sin around us that we don’t stand out. Theres no difference. For over 300 years, the American church has existed in freedom and free from persecution, while the rest of the known world deals with opposing views and daily persecution. A little difficulty comes our way and we do what we do best. Complain.

We speak a great deal here about being warrior. A warrior does not just fight the enemy, he loves his wife, he raises his children with love and direction, he attends and is active in a local church, he understands the authority of Christ over his life, and mostly he cultivates his faith daily as an example to those around him.

The cowboy hero always rode off into the sunset after he had accomplished his mission.

We are here. Now. The world needs men of God to live a life governed and filled with the Spirit of God. The quota for typical guys has been met.

Ephesians 2:18-22
And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[d] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[e] the Spirit.

Live like this actually is true.
This is what we need. Gospel preaching, life loving, mercy giving, wife honoring, child raising, faithful being men of God. This. Today. Is more important that skin color, and politics.

Primal.

Comments

  1. Vince Williams says:

    Amen brother. A short and powerful challenge….thank you.

    Vince Williams, North Wales, United Kingdom

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