Some of you may already be aware that Starbucks has according to many sources come out in strong support of gay marriage. Some news outlets even say that Starbucks wants no business from those who support traditional values.
I am not afraid to say I opposed to the gay lifestyle as a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact Im not for any lifestyle that scripture clearly condemns as sin. No, Im not writing to attack anyone on how they live because ultimately they have to answer to Christ not me.
However, my point in writing this is hopeful to enable some of my fellow believers some scriptural wisdom when it comes to the common asked question. “Should we Boycott Starbucks?”
Well first off. I cannot answer that, but scripture can. Im reminded of Romans chapter 14, and 1 Corinthians chaprer 8
Romans 14:1-23 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me;every tongue will acknowledge God.’” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
A few highlights.
- The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?
- Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.
- But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
First bullet point: 1.) The one who eats everything is not to judge him who does not and the man who has objectiom to certain foods should not impose his standard on him who does eat everything. Pretty basic, do not judge another believers personal convictions on not clear black and white scriptural matters. We see this happen with music, or even the occassional drink a believer might have, the Bible speaks of drunkeness but not a glass of wine on occassion. Some believers I feel try to in away without realizing it become the other person’s conscience or play Holy Spirit. Whether or not one drink is a sin or not, or whether as some may say, “punk rock is sin!” is not really ours to decide for every individual believer or not. God gave us the Holy Spirit to guide and convict, he gave us his word also as a standard of all rigtheous living. So Id say if its not clearly spelled out in the Word of God as transgression than we become the measuring sticks, and not God’s word, and that is not our place.
2.) “Do not destroy the work of God over food” basically, Paul is suggesting that something as insignificant as a meatball sub should not destroy or get in the way of the ultimate work of God. Can you guess? Why did Christ come to this earth, live the life of a man, die on a cross and ressurect? Was it so we could argue about a lame Starbucks coffee. Was it so we could quarel about boycotting this or that business and fight over whether heavy metal is of the devil? Was it so we could bicker and fight about this that or the other? Can we all agree as Christ’s disciples that the thing that brings God the most glory is the repentence of a sinner who in faith trusts Christ for his or her salvation? Can we agree that as Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians that God’s will is our sanctification? Our holiness and love for him and all people?
3. AGAIN, I will say, it is from my understanding of scripture, that whether or not you chose to refrain from buying from this or that company is between you and God and there is no sense airing dirty laundry to the world, especially them who do not know Christ. As it says, “But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. ” So really if you are unsure whether buying from a business that supports sinful agenda’s is God’s will, then bojollies listen to your doubts and do not violate your convictions. However, if you see Starbucks as just another place in a fallen world that cannot make you any closer or further from God. Then do what your faith allows. Do not announce it one way or the other, nor go there if your with a Christian who feels strongly against it. Don’t be legalistic but at the same time do not tempt a brother to disobey God’s personal word to them either.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”, yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.