Be For, Not Against

I’m bummed today.

This Starbucks Red Cup thing is frustrating. If you haven’t read anything about it, read this here.

I’m frustrated because Christians haven’t seemed to learn their lesson. In a world looking for reasons to be angry at or indifferent towards the church and other Christians, we tend to give them plenty of reasons.

As long as we continue to allow a tiny minority of irrational, self-serving Christians (those who draw attention to themselves by raising issue over inconsequential matters), we will continue to be known as people who are always against the wrong things, and never for the right things. It’s also shocking to me, despite being a tiny minority of Christians who may hold the view that Starbucks “hates Jesus,” they get the massive platform the media provides.

But it’s already too late. Even though this voice is represented by the extreme minority of opinion, to the world, it appears all Christians must be against Starbucks and their new red cups.

Bummer.

Even if you have issue with Starbucks, please remember that the world will not be attracted to Jesus because you are against a design on a cup. In fact, they will be as opposite as attracted to Jesus can be – you will give them further reason to be repulsed by the religion you follow and the person you claim to emulate.

Remember, the world will be attracted to Jesus because of what you and I are for, not against. Let’s be FOR love, hope, joy, peace, sacrifice, and generosity. Let’s be FOR a God that can and will bring about the kingdom in and through our lives. Let’s be for, not against.

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