Cattle, Pick-Up Trucks, Country Music... and Jesus?!?
American Cowboys are known for working hard, rodeoing wild, driving Pick up trucks and for listening to rocking Country music. But Jesus?!? You might ask: How do Cowboys and Christiany fit together? Well, the American cowboy lifestyle is strongly rooted in Christianity. There are many Cowboy Churches in the USA - especially in cowboy type states like Wyoming, Texas or Oklahoma. Cowboy Churches are organisations that are especially made for the people within the cowboy culture: They praise God country style and quite a few cowboy churches own their own rodeo arena where they practice riding and even hold their own rodeo competitions. The largest rodeos in the USA offer cowboy church services on sunday mornings! Also: Rodeos are often started by a prayer in Jesus name! So it should not be a surprise that many of todays American rodeo stars confess Christ as Savior!But let`s take a look at what it means to be a Christian:
So who is a Christian? What does God himself has to say?
Cowboys like to think of themselves as cool and tough. Sometimes that makes it hard to accept help from somebody else as this could be seen as weakness. However even the coolest and toughest cowboy needs the help of Jesus Christ! Without Jesus everybody is lost. Let`s look at what God himself tells us about the subject in his word - the bible:
You see, we are all sinners as Romans 3:23 tells us: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God". It was never God`s will for us to fall into sin - it was our own fault (we all know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden). Anyways, because of that sin we are unclean in the eyes of God. And God cannot let anyone unclean into his Holy Kingdom ("heaven") - no matter how cool or tough that person might be!
Instead the penalty for our sins is death: " For the wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23 . So how can we escape that penalty and receive eternal life instead? The answer to the question is: Jesus Christ! "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Jesus spend his time on earth without sinning even once! He is the only one who can save you because he is the only one who never sinned! He paid the penalty for us: Romans 5:8 states:"But God commandeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". So Jesus died in our place and took our guilt upon himself! So what must we do to apply Christ`s sacrifice to us? How do we get eternal life? John 3:16 says:"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". Nobody can cleanse himself or herself from sin! No church membership or good deeds can bring salvation! But trusting in Jesus Christ will give you eternal life!!! Trust in him that he died for your sins and thru that gives you eternal life: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36)
Do you trust in Jesus Christ that he took your guilt upon himself and died in your place? Do you trust in Jesus that he gave you eternal life? Then you are a Christian defined by the bible! As we can see from the bible verses above we do not become Christians by going to church, by baptism or by works! Because the bible also clearly states that we are saved by God`s grace and not our deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9)! Surely, God want`s us to have fellowship with other Christians and he wants us to do good - but we do those things BECAUSE we are saved, not in order to get saved! We are only saved by trusting in Jesus!
As you can see - God is a loving and caring God! He gives the gift of eternal life to all who trust in Jesus Christ!