5 Things Christians Can Learn from Texas

by Kevin on June 2, 2011

There are two types of people in the world: those with good opinions of Texans and then there are the nincompoops. If you want a lesson on how to be a Christian, don’t look any further than a Texan—here’s why.

What Christians Can Learn from Texans

1. A Texan doesn’t have to tell anyone who he is, they will know by the way he talks.

I introduced myself to a first time visitor at our Save the Cowboy Church Service and the first thing he said was, “You don’t even have to tell me your from Texas…I can tell.”

I thought, “I hope I don’t have to tell you I’m a Christian either.”

Do you have to tell people you’re a Christian, or can they tell by the way you talk? People should think to themselves, “I know this person is a Christian and they’ve never even told me.”

2. “Don’t Mess with Texas”

Most people think this is arrogance, but the truth is, it’s just about wanting to keep the “home” place clean.

Isn’t it funny how we make sure the kids learn to bow their heads for prayer, but then we let them go home and watch garbage on TV?

3. “Everything Is Bigger and Better in Texas”

We all know that at least the second half of this statement may not be true, but it would be hard pressed for anyone except Alaska to disagree with the first part.

But wouldn’t it be nice if Christians felt as strongly about their relationship with Christ? Everything is bigger and better when you follow Christ. If you don’t think so, you might need to examine your relationship a little bit closer.

4. Texas is the Only State That Can Fly Its Flag at the Same Height as the American Flag

Texas loves being a part of the United States, but they won’t put anything above their beloved state.

It would be a vast improvement if Christians even equaled this ideal. There are countless things Christians put above their relationship with God: jobs, recreation, TV, and even the internet. The first of the ten commandments is, “You shall have no other gods before me.” It’s there for a reason!

5. Texas is the Friendliest State

I used to think this until I moved to Colorado, but not anymore. Texas isn’t the friendliest state, it’s just the one that brags that way—and I like that!

How easy is it just to be friendly? Churches all across this country are dying for new members and then don’t even speak to a visitor—and I don’t like that!

Texas Flag by The Trucking Tourist

You can say what you want to be about Texas, but their fierce loyalty is something to be admired. If we could get Christians to demonstrate this type of loyalty to their God, I think we would have a revolution like we’ve never seen before.

Can you think of anything else that Texas could teach a Christian?

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  • Don Coyote

    Real cowboys don’t line dance—they waltz.

    You can do the commentary for the folks that need it.

  • I have to admit to being somewhat of a Texas hater (blame it on the Dallas Cowboys) for much of my life, but I can’t argue with any of those truths! I am especially fond of #4, maybe in a more literal sense than you meant it. If the church would fly the “flag” of Christ with as much passion as we fly the USAmerican flag we’d all be the better for it. Kevin, you never cease to inspire me. I can tell everything I need to know about you by the way you “walk”- and I’ve never even seen ya! Thanks my brother!

    • Kevin

      Thanks Carl. Part of what led to this post was somebody told me they didn’t like Texas because Texas thought they were so awesome. I told them that every person should feel that way about the state their from. Don’t be mad at Texas because you can’t support your state with as much enthusiasm.

      But all of that directly correlates to Christians. I wish Christians could get the same pride and swagger that Texas has.

  • Shirley

    I’ll have to argue that Texas is the friendliest state! Here in Oklahhoma, you know your rival, after the horid tornadoes last week, our state had once again stepped up to the plate! The kindness, love, giving and Christian fellowship the has appeared, is overwhelming! Our church family has suffered greatly. Some lost all material things, livestock included. The worst was a son and girlfriend. I know one was a Christian and not sure about the other. Though the devistation was horrible, we all know it is part of God’s bigger plan for us.

    • Kevin

      And I LOVE that you will argue. I wish more had. My prayers are with all of those devastated by the tornadoes!!

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