When is a fight really worth it? When it’s life and death maybe? When it harms another person? When it becomes about a coffee shops beliefs and values?
Starbucks coffee has put forward that it supports same-sex marriage. As a country that has legalized this issue, there’s not much we can say about it. However, the United States have yet to fully decide one way or another on this, and every once in a while a vote comes up about it. Currently there is a petition and movement at dumpstarbucks.com asking patrons of Starbucks to boycott the company merely on the basis of its company beliefs. Of course to counter that, there is a movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr asking everyone to drink all the Starbucks they can to support the open minded company.
So who is right? Is it those who follow their faiths, and the scripture in the Bible that states “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable,” Lev 18:22 or is it those who feel that everyone should have equal rights and freedoms in a world that is said to be safe and prosperous?
How about they’re both wrong. In this day and age, it is not so much equal rights, as it is, fight the big bad, and right now the big bad is any religion or group that seems to restrict others because of their faiths and beliefs. Christianity is a major contender, but so are Islam and Judaism. As much as the free-thinkers feel they are making a better world, it must be realized that freedom of speech and religion doesn’t just mean them, but everyone. Christians have just as much right to stand up and say “wait a minute” as anyone else.
This does not, however, give them a right to state their supremacy just because of their beliefs. We must remember that Jesus ate with sinners, spent time with them, after all “the healthy do not need a doctor, but the sick” (Matt 9:10-12). Just because they don’t follow what is believed, or have fallen into sin does not mean anyone has the right to tell them they are wrong or going to hell. The first principal Jesus taught his followers was to love, however in order to love there must be a relationship, and a relationship cannot be created from a point of condemnation.
There must be acceptance without approval, a balance of grace and truth, as can be found in the story of Jesus and the Adulterous Woman. Jesus accepted the woman, even though he did not approve of her actions. He gave truth that she was a sinner, but grace showing that all were sinners. (John 8:1-11) If people were better able to follow this principal, to love one another, most of the issues they come up against could be resolved peacefully, without having to resort to petitions, boycotts, and protests.