One Sunday morning an old cowboy entered a church just before the services were to begin. Although the old cowboy and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a worn out old hat and an equally worn out Bible. The church he entered was in a very upscale and exclusive part of the city. It was the largest and most beautiful church the old cowboy had ever seen.
The people of the congregation were all dressed with expensive clothes and accessories. As the cowboy took a seat, the other church members moved away from him. No one greeted him, spoke to him, or welcomed him. They were all appalled at his appearance and did not attempt to hide it. The preacher gave a long sermon about Hellfire and brimstone, and a stern lecture on how much money the church needed to carry out God’s work.
As the old cowboy was leaving the church, the preacher approached him and asked the cowboy to do him a favor. “Before you come back in here again, have a talk with God and ask him what he thinks would be appropriated attire for worship would be.” The old cowboy assured the pastor that he would.
The next Sunday the old cowboy showed up wearing the same ragged jeans, shirt, boots, and hat. Once again the preacher approached the old cowboy and said, “I thought I asked you to speak with God before you came back to our church”. “I did”, replied the old cowboy. “If you spoke with God, what did he tell you the proper attire should be for worshipping in here?” “Well Sir, God told me that he didn’t have a clue as what to wear. God says he has never been in this church”.