American Red, White & Blue
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-worn,
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.
people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive
clothes and fine jewelry.
As the cowboy took a seat,
the others moved away from him. No one greeted, spoke to, or
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 here, have
a talk with God and ask him what he thinks would be
appropriate attire for worship in this church.' The
Cowboy assured the preacher he would.
Sunday, he again showed up for the services wearing the same
ragged jeans, shirt, 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.
'And what did God tell you the proper
attire should be for worshiping here?' asked the
'Well, sir, God told me that He didn't have
a clue what I should wear. He'd never been in THIS church.'
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