Most Preachers Would Be Fired For This Post

by Kevin on August 11, 2015

I am a sinner…

I am a liar, a drunkard, a fornicator, and a hypocrite. I’m an adulterer because the Good Book says that if you even look at another woman with lust in your heart you have committed adultery. I’ve been in more fights and beds than I care to admit. I’ve turned my back on people that I could have helped far more than I’ve turned the other cheek.

I’ve abused alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and those that I love.

And I’m proud of none of it…none…of…it.

And I’m a pastor.

And as a pastor, I have run-ins with people that are real high on “holding people accountable”. It’s funny how accountability is like other people’s kids. We really want other parents to keep their kids in line, but when it’s ours that are messing up then people need to mind their own business.

I’ve had grown men sit across a table from me or ride out to check cows and confess their sins to me. After everything is said and done, we then pray and thank God for his forgiveness.

Sometimes we get better in our weaknesses and sometimes it takes a while and a lot of prayer to let go of our demons.

I just wish that the normal reaction in a church to a cowboy sinning was to run to the church leadership with a ferocity for forgiveness.

It rarely, if ever, happens.

At Save the Cowboy, we are a sick pen for sinners; not a show pen for self-righteous saints. We forgive sins, but we don’t condone them. We give second chances, but we don’t make excuses.

He who is without sin can chunk the first rock, but like I said, we don’t just shrug our shoulders at sin either.

I don’t care how good you are, you are a sinner. Your sin is not less than, it is equal to everyone else’s. But we don’t focus on people’s sin, we focus on the cross.

There are churches that are so sin focused that Jesus is seldom preached. Anyone can preach a problem, we prefer to preach the cure.

They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. -Matthew 23:4 NLT

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