Home on the Range

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

 

Do you remember the song, “Home on the Range”? It said, “Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play, where never is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day.”

I heard about two buffalo that were out roaming around on their home on the range. They had been there all day, just roaming around, watching the deer and the antelope play. All day long, the sky had not been cloudy; it had been a great day.

At the end of the day, a cowboy rides up to these two buffalo, and he stops in front of them and says,  

“You two creatures are the most disgusting things I've ever seen in my life. Your heads are disproportionately large in comparison to your body, your eyes are small and beady, you've got bad breath (they don't call it buffalo breath for nothing). Your hair is an ugly color, and you stink.”

And then he turned around and rode away. Then, one buffalo looked at the other and said,

“I think we just heard a discouraging word.”

When you come to the house of God, I pray that you will hear an encouraging word. That doesn't mean that when you come to church, that everybody’s just going to tell you you're wonderful, everything’s right, there's nothing you need to change about your life.

The church of Jesus Christ should preach messages that convict and that challenge, but that always encourage. Being an encouraging church doesn't mean we don't tell the truth. Being an encouraging church means we love people enough to tell them the truth: to tell them the truth about sin, to tell them the truth about hell, to tell them the truth about Jesus Christ, who died upon the cross and who will save everyone who calls on His name.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!