Roger Keck

Roger Keck

No matter where folks go to church, there is a culture in the church that is exclusive to either that denomination or that particular church.

Somehow, we as churches have developed a church culture for church folks that seem a bit confusing or even overwhelming at times for folks who never have been to church before.

I remember the day I decided to learn to rope. I went to a ranch with a group of folks that were gathering to teach some of us how to begin developing the skills to rope. I began throwing a rope at a dummy steer head, trying to develop some technique for this sport. It wasn’t long before someone came by and said, “You’re not doing that right. Let me show you what you need to do.”

Being the beginner I was, I watched and then began trying to duplicate their technique. It wasn’t long before this same process happened again and then happened again. By the time the third person had shown me an entirely different method I had become frustrated enough to just walk away from learning altogether.

Not meaning to, churches often do the same thing. We have our church culture that, when anyone comes into the church, we expect them to understand.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed — a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’ ” reads Romans 1:16-17.

Salvation, the way Jesus intended it, is for everyone who believes. The Apostle Paul points out that it is for Jews and Gentiles alike. They certainly didn’t do worship the same way. As a matter of fact, there were some definite differences.

Paul states there is one thing we all have in common. We have all sinned and that puts us all on a level playing field. Jesus didn’t come to install another religion. He came for the sin and freedom from sin for all mankind. He came for the sin of church folks and non-church folks alike.

— Roger Keck is pastor of Palo Pinto Cowboy Church in Santo.