This draft was written a at back on December 27, 2015. In that year, there was a “cultural war” going on concerning Starbucks’ red Christmas cups. Remember that?
The circumstances may have changed, but the wisdom here still remains the same…
It’s quite the topic as of late.
It’s quite amazing what a color can create.
It’s quite incredible what a simple choice can become.
…It’s really quite ridiculous…
…on both side of the fence….
Yes, Christians are fired up over the color, believing more should be said…more should be written…more should be done. They have a point, too often, Christians are expected to simply swallow whatever ‘tolerance pill’ society is currently handing out, and it is implied, if not outright spoken, that they just need to “shut up and realize, ‘This is the way things are going to be. If you speak out, you’re just a bad witness, a bad influence and definitely a bad Christian!'” After all, they’re sick of being silenced.
Yes, quieter Christians are fired up over the cup, believing less should be said, less…less should be written…less should be done. They have a point, vocalizing, “Christians, more often than not, ‘major on the minors’. They make major fusses over the little things that are petty, insignificant and unchangable, and they minor on the important, life-altering, transforming things of this society.” After all, all the fuss is offensive to the world; a kinder, gentler approach is best. A more loving voice to this world will reach more and save more.
Honestly, I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I’ve made my own mistakes, and I’m trying to find my way back to Center. Neither side looks pretty, and, frankly, neither side looks completely like Christ. Yeah, that’s a shocker, I know. However, let’s look at a few things to see if that’s true…
Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes.
Jesus called the Pharisees “sons of snakes.”
Jesus fed the 5,000, not including women and children.
Jesus took a whip and cleansed the temple.
Jesus told the rich young ruler Truth, and he went away sad.
He said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan,” and Peter loved Him anyway.
Jesus told the adulterous woman she was forgiven; yet, He ALSO told her to, “Go and sin no more.”
Too often, we as Christians, tend to lean too far toward grace (=tolerance) or too far toward judgement (=intolerance).
You will always lean more to one side or the other. The key is to (1) recognize it, (2) pray for wisdom and love, (3) Find what The Word says about it on both sides. We need to learn to lean more on the Truth of God, rather than our own opinions, feelings and intuitive interpretations of what we think He means.
Too often, we seek out what makes us comfortable not changed.
We share what relaxes rather than what confronts.
We long for tranquility rather than transformation.
Yet, when Christ walked this Earth, He loved, challenged, comforted, confronted, taught and changed lives.
His truth neither caused relaxation nor condemnation.
His Truth brought about true conviction which brought about TRANSFORMATION.
His Truth also, eventually, made them want to kill Him…
Shouldn’t we be trying to be more like Him and less like them? Shouldn’t we be fighting more in prayer and less on Facebook, Twitter or even face to face?
Shouldn’t we be seeking the manifestation of His presence rather than the exaltation of those around us?
But I tend to wonder if we’re more afraid of the crowd than we are the cloud…
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.