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.

Who Are You Looking For?

John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” Matthew 11:2-3

I seem to have an insatiable desire to look for more.

Once I get that job…
If I only could make that much $$…
If I didn’t have so many…
Once I get my hands on…

John baptized Jesus, probably spent significant time with him, and even still, was wondering: Should I be looking for someone else, something more?

What’s the deal with that?

Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’ Matthew 11:4-6

In other words, Jesus has done and is doing what he is going to do. We tend to want more. Remember, this inner desire is insatiable.

But here’s the interesting thing: The disciples, including John, stopped looking for more. They found all they could ever want and need to satisfy something that appeared insatiable.

Jesus.

This weekend, millions of people will be returning to church, attempting to ask the question: Is this the Messiah, the Savior, the One who will truly satisfy, or is there something more I should be looking for?

Our role as ministry leaders, church leaders, and Christ followers is to show them Jesus and say, this is enough.