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Outlaw Christianity

Oftentimes when I’m in the shower, I worship.  A song comes to mind and I sing it to myself.

The other morning I was worshipping to this song.

You just did a double take and wondered how in the world I could worship to this song.  It doesn’t mention Jesus at all.

This song is, for me, the epitome of the “Outlaw” movement in country music when I was a kid.  If you aren’t familiar with that movement, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and others rebelled against the country music establishment.  Fed up with the cookie-cutter formula of the “Nashville Sound”, they decided to do their own thing.  It was a risky chance to take.  They could have failed and been blackballed by Nashville.

Instead, they hit it big.

Steven Taylor, from a different angle, takes on the Church in a similar fashion in this song.

Neither Waylon Jennings nor Steven Taylor are original though.

Jesus did the same thing over 2,000 years ago.  He rebelled against the power base of the Jewish leaders.  He brought the gospel of the kingdom of God to Israel.

He was rejected.

Today, we have a choice.  Have many of our churches become like Nashville was in the early 70’s?  Do we cookie-cutter our faith?  Do we really need to do it the way everyone tells us to do it?  Are we a little too comfortable?

Maybe we need some Outlaw Christianity.  Maybe we need to be a little dangerous.  Maybe we need to lose the comfort.

Are you following the establishment?  Or are you an “Outlaw”?

  1. August 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Larry, I totally agree with you. We need some shaking up in the church.

    Have you read John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw?

    • August 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Chad, I haven’t. Me and John Eldredge having similar thoughts?

  2. August 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Maybe that would be easier if Christians didn’t publicly rip to shreds anyone who strays from the party line. Who wants that kind of grief?

    • August 25, 2012 at 8:04 am

      I don’t that is necessarily just characteristic of Christians. I think, for the most part, that’s how people are. I do think we should overcome it.

      • August 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

        Thats a good way to look at it, and certainly more positive.

  3. August 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Great thoughts, Deuce. Man you smashed it with the “lose the comfort” comment. It’s just easier to go with what is already established. What is defined and bound. It is far harder to blaze a new trail.

  1. September 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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