COFFEE SHOP RELIGION


Acts 5:25-42

“We must obey God rather than men!”      Acts 5:29

I’m not a coffee drinker. But a while ago a friend asked me to meet him at a corner coffee shop. The choices astounded me! They sell lattes and frappachinos. You can order your cup with full caffeine, half, or none. You can ask for a brew of fresh-ground beans from Kenya or Ecuador or from a chemical-free field. For the less creative (or those simply overwhelmed by the choices) there’s a “house brew.”

While I waited for my friend, my coffee thoughts turned to the church. Many shop for their ideal church like Coffee  shop customers. We want music suited to our tastes-no drums, some drums, or loud drums! We order our liturgy-traditional, non-traditional, or blended. We want the right preaching-with lots of laughter, a little laughter, or none at all. We insist on chairs or tables or pews-with cushions or without. Some require a dress code-suit and tie, corporate casual, or jeans and shorts.

Some of us shop a while and then quit-frustrated because we can’t order exactly what we want. But no one is completely satisfied with his or her church-even people who start them! Yet maybe we’ve gotten so used to options, so accustomed to having things “as ordered,” that we now expect churches to be like coffee shop.

The church, of course, is not a boutique created with us in mind. The church is a band of witnesses.

Prayer

Father, forgive us for church shopping. Forgive our Starbucks religion. We ask that our church may serve you, not ourselves. Give us the wisdom to live for you by faith.

Amen.

About Jian Ming Zhong

In short, I am a five point calvinist, amillennial, post-trib rapture, paeudobaptistic (not for salvation), classical cessationism , and covenantal. I embrace Reformed Theology and subscribe to the WCF 1647. I do not break fellowship with anyone who holds to the essentials of the faith (i.e., the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, Jesus' Physical Resurrection, Virgin Birth, Salvation by Grace through Faith alone, Monotheism, and the Gospel being the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) but does not affirm Calvinist Theology in the non-essentials. I strongly believe that God's grace and mercy are so extensive that within the Christian community there is a wide range of beliefs and as long as the essentials are not violated, then anyone who holds to those essentials but differs in the non-essentials is my brother or sister in Christ. Romans 11:36 "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To whom be Glory forever. Amen!"
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