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Buzzard Baptists only show up to church for funerals and feasts. Read on for the facts about these finely feathered faithful…

They say that buzzard Baptists, also more generally known as buzzard Christians, only flock to church if someone’s dead or there’s something to eat. This lifestyle of “feast or funeral” is also described as buzzard religion. See the full definition below.

 

buzzard Baptist n. Someone, especially a Baptist, who comes to church only for funerals or food. See both senses below.
See additional information at *Christmas-and-Easter Christian.
1. Someone, especially a Baptist, who doesn’t regularly attend church services but will attend church funerals.
2005 St. John Clapton’s Guitar 215 : Wayne himself wasn’t much for churchgoing. “I’m a buzzard Baptist,” he admitted. “I only go to church when somebody dies. 2005 Eufaula Tribune (Ala.) (20 Feb.) as quoted in Smith Candid Comments: Selected Columns from the Eufaula Tribune, 1958–2009 (2011) 64 : The Fort Gaines Baptist preacher also took his text on “Buzzard Baptists” who don’t come to the church unless somebody’s dead.
2. Someone, especially a Baptist, who doesn’t regularly attend church services but will attend church events at which free food is provided (as dinners or fairs).
See also *belly member; *eating member.
buzzard Christian n. See the 1958 citation.
See additional information at *Christmas-and-Easter Christian.
1958 Kentucky Folklore Record vol. 4 11 : “Buzzard Christians” are persons who attend church only for funerals. [2009 Hunter Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Sermons That Use Images from Nature 13 : We have buzzards in our churches. They only come out when someone dies. They can’t come to church, but when someone dies, you can see them at the house every night for the sitting up.]
buzzard religion n. See citations.
1985 Newsweek vol. 105 issues 13–26 271 : In rural North Carolina, people who go to church only for funerals practice “buzzard religion.”

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