STARBUCKS: ANOTHER DRUG RELATED INCIDENT
By Paul Proctor
November 1, 2005
Hi, my name is Paul Proctor. I'm a coffeeholic; and was recently taken hostage by a wild-eyed, caffeine-deprived seeker who, while on the run from Bible-toting fundamentalists, took me prisoner in my own apartment as I returned home late one sleepless night from getting a venti cafe latte at a nearby Starbucks.
After things quieted down, he engaged me in conversation as I read from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life and asked if I had any Folgers. I told him I didn't but that he was welcome to my half-full, lukewarm latte, to which he agreed.
"Don't you want any?" he inquired curiously. "No thanks," I said; and at that very moment, I knew I could never drink Starbucks again.
As I handed it over, I realized the danger in giving caffeine to a nervous and desperate man - but it was too late; and so, seeing for the first time my purpose in life, I warned him of the perils of consuming large quantities of that wicked drug; explaining how hanging out on street corners, night after night, giving over one's hard-earned cash to throw down anything Starbucks would sell me, had not only ruined my life and robbed me of my livelihood; but had also rotted my teeth.
And the smell - OH THAT SMELL!!!
So, the next time you feel the urge to approach the counter of desire, under that big green sign, remember me and just say "no" - that's right - just say "no."
All tongue-in-cheek aside; It was reported by The Baptist Press, back in August, that Starbucks began a controversial program called: "The Way I See It," where "a collection of thoughts, opinions and expressions provided by notable figures" started appearing on the sides of their disposable coffee cups.
One quotation in particular BP cited, #43, was written by Armistead Maupin, a well-known homosexual author and activist. It read:
"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long. I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too [expletive] short."
The first report I saw on it was actually published a few days earlier on the WorldNet Daily website in a piece written by Meghan Kleppinger entitled, Starbucks: A Habit Easily Broken. If reading her disturbing commentary doesn't make you a former Starbucks customer, you may want to check your conscience for signs of searing.
Being now, an ex-Starbucks user myself, I can't help but think about all of the innocent and unsuspecting children I witnessed over the years standing in line with their parents (and sometimes without) being served a variety of tasty drinks in those familiar cups by very friendly, be they purple-haired, tattooed and multi-pierced persons bearing that enchanting Starbuck's smile.
The Southern Baptist's Baylor University in Texas made headlines shortly thereafter for "courageously" banning cup #43 from their campus store; not Starbucks, the anti-conservative, ultra-liberal, pro-homosexual company, mind you - just the cup.
Sing with me, won't you?
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS - MARCHING AS TO WAR - WITH THE CROSS OF JESUS - GOING ON BEFORE!!!
And then there's the issue of all the Starbucks stands in so many of today's churches. Can you say "OOOPS?"
Very symbolic - even prophetic, don't you think?
OK, so what do we do now, brethren? If we take away the Starbucks, the seekers might all go to sleep, or worse yet, quit coming; and that CAN'T be God's Will, right?
Rick Warren to the rescue!!!!
Coming to a Starbuck's cup near you:
"You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your real purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance and our destiny." - Rick Warren
Kinda warms the cockles of your cup, doesn't it?
Now, if they'd just tack on this little zinger after it from Proverbs 16, things would really get percolating:
"The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil." - God Almighty
Maybe I'll start my own coffee shop and call it "The Mean Bean." We'll offer no frills, froth or sugar-laced products for sale; just serve it up hot and free in plain white cups bearing thought provoking quotes like:
"except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." - Jesus Christ
A Habit Easily Broken
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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.
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