No, this isn’t satire. It’s real. The “Barbeque Baptist Church” has been launched to mix grilled meat with Jesus. You know, in case Jesus isn’t quite enough to entice people.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed (John 6:27).
In John 6, the crowd had hoofed it to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to catch Jesus as he landed ashore near Capernaum. The day before, Jesus had fed them miraculously. Rather than applaud them for tracking him down, Jesus rebuked them because they had only come for the food.
That day, the multitudes left Jesus because they weren’t interested in the type of food he was handing out.
In a curious spin on the story, the First Baptist Church in Navasota, Texas has launched “Barbeque Baptist Church.” The church-on-wheels is making a 17-city tour to give cured and grilled meat to people. The trailer is also decked out with a portable organ and sound system, ostensibly to provide worship music after feeding people.
The idea for the barbeque church followed up on a plan executed by the youth ministry leaders to launch toilet paper out of canons into audiences across town during the coronavirus pandemic.
We kid you not. Toilet-paper canons and barbeque. It is hard to imagine any evangelism strategy being more ‘Murican than that.