As I consider America, I see a diverse people as diverse as those that are in other parts of the world. After all, America is made up of people from other parts of the world. As a result there are many cultural differences. However, even within the American culture there are sub-cultures. A number of these sub cultures were created because of a desire to depart from the status quo they were a part of, a desire to do things differently. Sometimes a sub-culture is created because it gives one an opportunity to be part of something they enjoy.
For instance, there is a biker sub-culture in America for people who take riding a motorcycle to the next level. These bikers aren't necessarily “bad boys”. As a matter of fact, Greenville has a Christian biker group for such a sub-culture. There’s also a cowboy sub-culture for the equestrian types. These are the people that aren't intimidated to wear cowboy boots, a bolo tie, and a Stetson to a wedding. In many parts of America that kind of attire is out of the ordinary. However, those that fit into either of these two categories enjoy life out of the mainstream and tend to gravitate to each other. There are many other cultures as well and not all are a choice, like the deaf sub-culture.
I love the church I joined, but my church and your church will not reach into every group of people. We will reach some, but many will be out of our grasp. When I first heard of a cowboy church, I thought it was a ridiculous idea, but today there are churches that are pastored by “cowboys” and are reaching “cowboys”. The same with the biker churches. During my riding days, I met more than a few bikers dressed in leather and chains that loved the Lord and are actively reaching out to those that you and I can’t reach. I remember passing a deaf church in Rhode Island years ago, and learned that both pastor and congregation were deaf.
OK, so today I pass a multitude of Bible churches, and thank God for using them and reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.