Starbucks and Theology
I have a confession: I don’t like coffee and I don’t care for coffee shops. I’m an introvert, and coffee shops seem noisy and overstimulating to me. My neurons go crazy in such places! Are you already thinking nasty thoughts about me!? I can’t help it, really. I think I’m predestined to dislike coffee, but I’m not really sure. However, no one can argue that coffee shops like Starbucks, or Costa (a large-scale British based chain of coffee shops) sell coffee like hotcakes. When Becky and I were in Asia in February, we were once again greeted by the familiar Starbucks signs all over the place. Starbucks is almost omnipresent. Well, not really, but we saw them just about everywhere including, Taipei, Macau, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taichung, and Seoul.
So, what does Starbucks have to do with theology? More than you may realize. The reason people love coffee shops is because they can sit and connect with others. The coffee shop is the modern version of the old public house, known as the pub. It’s where people went to eat, drink and talk. Martin Luther loved to sit in pubs, drink beer and talk about theology. People are relaxed in such places, and you can sit and talk about important topics, like God. When I do land in coffee shops from time to time, I enjoy conversations about spiritual matters. What else really matters!? While politics is important, and God-ordained, it’s not going to change the world. Theology will! Theology is the most important stuff on the grid because it’s all about who God is. And there is nothing more important than what you and I think about, when we think about God. So, go grab a friend and head to Starbucks (or another coffee shop) and sit down for a good chat about things that really matter!
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor