THE COWBOY WAY
Morals in American—Then and Now
In my father’s day...
My father seated with my aunt in front of the ranch house.
and in my grandfather’s day...
My grandfather after a hunt.
A man’s word was his honor.
This was especially true among cowboys.
Oh, some might go out on a Saturday night and drink more than he should. Still, a handshake was a contract as real as any document a lawyer or rule-maker could come up with—integrity and truth more precious than gold. Many cattlemen believed that hard work was the strength of a man, producing character.
Honest men and women tend to expect others to be as warm and open as they are, making them somewhat gullible to wrongdoers. Bad guys traveling the old west knew that—just as they do today, and villains appear to like nothing better than cheating upstanding good guys. It is often only when the eyes of principled men and women are open that they are able to deal with scoundrels in a strong yet godly manner.
Charlie Bull and I raised our three sons in a rural setting, and most would agree that the country is possibly the best place to raise children. The Bible seems to agree since most of the patriarchs found in the Old Testament raised sheep and perhaps cows and goats.
The Bible teaches that Christians, whether cowboys or not, must be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves. However, this is not an easy lesson to learn unless you know what you are up against.
The true cowboy way is God’s way. And cowboys, cowgirls and everybody else learn this way by reading and studying the Holy Bible.
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