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could The Church put Starbucks under?

August 27, 2008

I was sitting in the Franklin Starbucks today preparing for this week’s sermon and started wondering if Starbucks would exist if we (the church) were doing our job.  I’ll go ahead and warn you – this is a little over the top, but just wonder with me for a second.  Think about how many things there are that try and “replace” the church because it’s weak.  Look at these pictures…


At the very beginning the church was the most relational group of people that had ever existed.  The Roman Empire literally thought the church was incestuous because Christian men and women called themselves “brothers” and “sisters” and spent all their time together.  That’s not a joke; they really made that mistake because Christians had such deep relationships with each other.  Now, Starbucks is filled with coffee tables and leather chairs so that people can finally find the relational atmosphere they’ve been looking for.  Their logo is even religious in nature (that’s a Siren from Greek mythology).

We’ve got government healthcare and poverty relief programs, but wasn’t the church supposed to take care of the needs of the hurting?  When people want truth they enroll in a college philosophy course instead of knowing that the church is a group of people that take Truth seriously and peer into the Scriptures for it.

I guess I’m just wondering if Starbucks and government programs and colleges would start to go under if the church was everything Jesus wanted her to be.  Is this just me?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2008 12:03 am

    I don’t think this is over the top at all. It’s true. If we as a Church really acted like we believe that the Bible is true, we would take care of the poor, act to bring justice where there is none, meet the needs of widows/single moms, we would teach our kids to love education, we would help people find true psychological healing in Christ.

    If (in general) the Church was being the Church, then perhaps the government would once again be thinking we were incestuous.

    Lord, make us be the Church You created us to be.

  2. howertonjosh permalink
    August 28, 2008 10:54 am

    wow. good word, ariel.

  3. Andrea Wandell permalink
    August 28, 2008 12:36 pm

    If believers really cherished community, then possibly spots like Starbucks would go under, or maybe they’d thrive because we’d be meeting there and everywhere more frequently. If believers really wept with the weeping and owned our responsibility to meet the needs of the widowed and orphaned, then I do believe government programs wouldn’t be necessary. However, colleges and places of education, I think, will be here until Jesus comes because, even if the church were actively educating its members in every way, there are so many in the world who reject Christ and seek other gods, and I see the educational sphere as an incredibly strong influence in the religious/moral world of non Christians.
    So all could be out but our schools. But even Jesus said that “the poor will always be among you.”, so there may never be an end to the governmental programs. I guess I’m going a little bit back and forth on this. Sorry about that! No real concrete answers here for you!

  4. Becky permalink
    August 28, 2008 9:37 pm

    For some reason I’m busy ;0) but the first thought that popped into my head was the only few times I’ve been to Starbucks was with friends from church for a girls’ night out. We went there because we were seeking community and time together….OK, and time away from kids!

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