WHY I WON'T BE BOYCOTTING STARBUCKS (How light should illuminate, not blind.)

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I’m old. I’ve been around for a long time, and I’ve seen Christians (myself included) do some ridiculous things.

For example, some non-Christian company (Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, etc.) does something, well, non-Christian, and we start calling the saints to arms. Whenever we believe our values and our beliefs are threatened, we fight. And it ain’t pretty.

Yes, I know, Starbucks took “Merry Christmas” off of their red Christmas holiday cups. And like many, I’m sick and tired of “political correctness” and deeply concerned about the moral and spiritual condition of our nation.

However, and pardon me for using a worn-out phrase, but what would Jesus do? Stop rolling your eyes and think about it. Seriously, what would He do?

I find it hard to imagine Jesus rallying the disciples to boycott Cup ‘O Mo coffee because they took His name off the cups.

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In fact, I know that Jesus would say something more like, “Bless those who curse you . . . let those bound in darkness see your good works, not your angry reactions . . . be peacemakers.”

Too often, too many in our world consider Christians as nothing more than a bunch of whacky fanatics looking for a fight. Sadly, we are known more for what we are against rather than what we are for.

But you protest, “Yeah, but money talks, so when we walk, it financially hurts those companies who offend us. Somebody has to draw a line in the sand! We Christians must take a stand!”

I agree. We should take a stand.

We should take a stand against sex slavery.

We should take a stand for the homeless.

We should take a stand for the billions living without clean, drinkable water.

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There are many other far more important issues than Starbucks cups to rise up and fight against.

If we want to hurt Starbucks, let’s boycott.

But if we want to love and be salt and light, let’s not.

Here’s a crazy idea: What if we were to buy our next cup of Joe (or is it Mo?) at Starbucks, and while we’re waiting, we silently prayed for the barista? What if we said something kind and acted like Jesus?

Ed Stetzer said it well in this Christianity Today article: Grab some coffee, and chill out!

BTW, if we’re going to start consistently boycotting companies for being offensive, worldly, and even non-Christian, we’d better start growing all our own food and making all our clothes.

How’s that Amish thing working for you?

As His followers, let’s choose well, live well, and be well in love.

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