Boycotting Starbucks

Boycotting Starbucks

Read a good article the other day about whether or not we should boycott Starbucks for offering same sex benefits (or some other reason that Christians like to boycott about). Here is my favorite quote:

We won’t win this argument by bringing corporations to the ground in surrender. We’ll engage this argument, first of all, by prompting our friends and neighbors to wonder why we don’t divorce each other, and why we don’t split up when a spouse loses his job or loses her health. We’ll engage this argument when we have a more exalted, and more mysterious, view of sexuality than those who see human persons as animals or machines. And, most of all, we’ll engage this argument when we proclaim the meaning behind marriage: the covenant union of Christ and his church.

You can read the full article here: http://www.russellmoore.com/2012/03/25/should-christians-boycott-starbucks/

 

We’re All Born This Way

We’re All Born This Way

In case you can’t tell since my return I have been struggling with the issue of how the church handles homosexuality, and how our attitudes and actions do more to drive people away from the church than to help people find God. Sure we aren’t Westboro Baptist Church, but the way that we treat the LGBT community for many doesn’t seem all that much better (at least we avoid funerals).

I came across this article today and I wanted to share it. Here is my pull quote:

 The truth is, we’re all born into toxic water—there’s not a person on earth who has escaped the “sin bath.” That means all of us, to use Lady Gaga’s template, are “born this way.” Some of that toxic residue is more culturally acceptable—greediness, selfishness, insecurity, anger, narcissism, and so on. The truth is, we’re all born with a proclivity for something(s), and our environment often triggers what is latent and makes it active. All of us must wrestle-out the consequences and influence of sin in our life.

It goes on to say that natural inclination to sin doesn’t excuse sin, and continues to wrestle with some of these issues not a academic ideals, but as real life happening.

You can check out the full article here.