Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Do Horses Belong At Starbucks?

We saw it. We really did. Coming home from lunch on Sunday after church, we saw it. Two girls, on horses, coming out of the 'drive through' at Starbucks. Two girls with their Starbucks cups in hand, on horses, at the end of the drive-through.

I had to wonder...Do horses belong in the drive-through at Starbucks? (Does that change it to a trot-through?)

We just got a good laugh out of the apparent creativity of two young girls craving some gourmet coffee possibly with horses as their only means of personal transportation.

And Starbucks did not turn them away. Was that the right thing to do? Their drive through is meant for cars. Their drive through is not designed for horses. They have rules. They have traditions. If those girls wanted coffee from the drive through then they should have found someone to drive them through, right?


The girls had a perceived need and Starbucks knew they had the solution and welcomed them anyway they got there.

What if we did this in our churches today? What if we looked on the young parents who had never been to church but knew they had a need for 'something' so they showed up one Sunday morning in their 'Sunday best' clothes, which for this whole struggling family is the jeans with no holes and the T-shirts with no slogans? What would we do? Would we, like Starbucks, see their need and try to accomodate them? Or would we see their 'lack of respect for how you should dress for church' and refuse to speak to them?

Oh, I know many churches are very casual these days so the clothes may not turn you off. But what would we do if the kids didn't act right in the Worship Center? What if the parents didn't understand the Lord's Supper and they each grabbed a hand-ful of crackers/bread as the plate went by? Would we be appalled by them or would we be the one to go to them after the service and lovingly explain the awesome priviledge we have to partake in the Lord's Supper and what it all means? We we be the one to share the Good News with them or would we walk away thinking "someone needs to set that family straight"?

What is your choice today? Will you laugh at the out of place things and people in this world? Or will you go to them and help them find what they are looking for?

Luke 14:23 (English Standard Version) And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

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