Starbucks Appreciation Day

I cannot endorse homosexual marriage.  Sometimes I wish I could.  I don’t want to come across as bigoted or intolerant.  I don’t want to erect unnecessary hurdles to people coming to faith in Christ.  I don’t believe that anyone woke up one morning and thought, “I think I’ll be sexually attracted to someone of the same gender today.” That being said, I cannot endorse homosexual marriage because the Bible universally and unequivocally denounces homosexual activity.

For me, the choice is to either denounce homosexuality as one sin among many or deny my faith in the message of the Bible.  I will not choose that latter.  So does that make me a Pharisee or a bigot?  I’m sure there are many who would say, “Yes.”  Because they say it does not make it so no matter how many say it or how loud they say it.  No one’s words can change the truth of who I am or what I believe.  For that reason, I give anyone full permission to disagree with me or to say whatever they like about me.  I would appreciate the courtesy to be allowed to share my convictions, though.

By now, everyone as heard about Dan Cathy’s comments and their repercussions.  I think, though, that most people are missing the lesson to be learned here.  The main issue which the last two weeks have brought to the fore is free speech, or for that matter, free thought.  Mr. Cathy is a private individual who can believe and say whatever he would like to say.  He can spend his money or his company’s money in ways that he deems are worthwhile.  Should his stance be incorrect, those who oppose him have nothing to fear.

I believe in free speech for everyone.  When opinions are stifled no matter how egregious they may seem to our sensibilities, everyone loses.  When we muzzle one person or fail to tolerate dissenting opinions, we narrow our vision as a society and eventually become blind.

I didn’t go to Chick fil A yesterday.  I don’t like crowds and don’t prefer their food.  I do however like Starbuck’s coffee.  So I’ll be there tomorrow morning supporting their CEO’s right to his opinion and my caffeine addiction.

I’ll close with this landmark quote from Martin Luther which I believe applies to the current debate:

Unless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture or by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us.

On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.

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5 comments on “Starbucks Appreciation Day
  1. Statistically 1 in 10 Americans are born gay, lesbian or bi-sexual. Scientists have clear evidence and explanation of the ‘gay’ gene. So, that said do we look at this as a flaw in design?

    • Great question, Craig 😉 Your question assumes much. How about you pass on the studies you refer to for my edification. I would also ask, “Would you say the ‘gay’ gene holds promise for the survival of the species? If it’s a mutation, how does it continue to be passed on through people whose sexual practices are infertile? Will heterosexual people eventual exterminate homosexuals by out-breeding them? If so, isn’t the whole discussion moot?”

  2. My name isn’t Craig!!! It’s of Greek origin. If we look at the statistics being 1 in every 10 Americans being of different sexual orientation then I guess heterosexuals will always be the majority. So why worry? If people love each other then that should transcend the antiquated teachings of the bible. homosexuality has always been prevalent through history, the Spartans, the toughest dudes of their day had no problem with it, neither did many other ancient civilizations, even Alexander the great had male lovers. Christians may gripe about it but it’s never going to go away, in fact as we know, some catholic priests have been caught with their pants down prompting much embarrassment. Regardless of religion or atheism people will always have different sexual orientation, prejudice whatever faith or not should be put aside and it should be accepted. If I believed in Jesus, which I don’t then I’m not sure he even denounces it, though I may be wrong. I know the bible does but I’m not sure he does personally or is quoted as such. As for me? I’m not gay, I do have gay friends, it doesn’t make me feel awkward as they are lovely people. Brutally honest now? Well I have to confess I think women are exquisite creatures so I don’t understand male on male attraction but I accept it without prejudice. I guess I can look at men and comment ‘He’s a handsome guy’ because maybe he has Clint Eastwood chiselled features and embodies masculinity. Whatever people think – beauty is in the eye of the beholder and love should be unconditional regardless of gender.

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