Sunday, August 19, 2007

Just Don't Want Coffee

I had an interesting, short discussion this evening regarding Starbucks and some of the things they printed on their cups because of the 'The Way I See It' Campaign from earlier this year. The discussion was short because I'm going on about 10 hours sleep since 7 am Friday morning and wasn't able to think clearly enough to engage in any type of real discourse. When I got home I did a bit of research on the internet and here's what I found out and what I think. The campaign involved taking selections submitted by some of Starbucks customers and printing them on the cups used for customer drinks. Well apparently at least two of these involved statements that were anti-God and the call to boycott Starbucks went up. This article goes into more detail and is worth a read. I can honestly see why what's printed on the cups troubled some folks. But did we really want to throw up our hands and say that's it and give up what was an awesome opportunity to discuss and share the truth we know. Honestly, I go to Starbucks because I like the coffee, I'm not going there for a sermon or spiritual growth. If you don't like what's printed on your cup politely explain to the barista why and ask for another cup. One last thing, a lot of the "let's boycott" folks overlooked, didn't know, failed to notice or flat out ignored that at least two of the cups included statements that were pro-God, one of which was written by Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life.