Replacing Coffee Shop Theology

Hold the mocha, hold the cream...

158_2563467 (1)I’ll admit it.  I love coffee. I love everything about it. I love the taste. I love that it has the power to pick me up out of a dead tired, mama-crazy world, and put me back on my feet.

I love all the things you can do with coffee. So many choices. I can doctor it up with milk, cream, and just about any flavor under the sun. If I’m feeling down, I just top it off with whipped cream and sprinkles! The only problem with coffee is the time it takes to come from the bean directly to my blood stream, but even that was fixed! Mr. K and Mr. Cup got together one morning and created brilliance. We can now have our coffee in 60 seconds or less! Mr. K-Cup, I love you!

There is nothing about coffee that I don’t like.

However, one cannot live on coffee alone.

This week I was reading the book of Jeremiah. The heart-cry of this weeping prophet for his people, and the fiery anger of our God gripped me so much so, that I had to stop and turn to my favorite verse in the Bible.  Jeremiah 29:11. Surely these can’t be in the same book!

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

You’ve all heard that before. For some, it is your life verse!  When digging into Jeremiah and reading the full meaning and context, I began to think…. we, (the American Church) have been living solely on a nice cup of “joe” with a big dollop of whipped cream on top, and we wonder why we fall apart the first time we are called a bigot! Could it be because when look to our scripture… we just look for the whipped cream?
We are a people who desperately need to search the scriptures for the MEAT! That’s not done with just randomly Googled verses! It means READING? Lest I have a bunch of angry coffee shoppers walking out of this blog, let me assure you. Can you take encouragement and hope from Jeremiah 29:11? Does it apply to us? ABSOLUTELY! Just don’t forget the meat! Jeremiah, the weeping prophet was trying to wake up a generation who had walked away from God. You can feel his heartbeat as he tried to warn them over and over that God was about to get VERY angry. You can literally feel God’s anger and wrath as it was poured out. His patience was long suffering, but it came to an end.
There are a million lessons that we could take from Jeremiah’s warnings today. In contrast, you can also see the passionate LOVE God had for His people even through the discipline. Even through his anger…and oh was He angry, we can take new comfort in Jeremiah 29:11. His wrath parallels His undying love for us. I can’t even fathom it.
I concurred with his wrath. Those people were awful! They hated God. God punished…but the love He had for his people compelled me to love Him even more.

Sometimes I relate to Jeremiah.

My generation has fallen for the coffee shop theology. We have been skimmers and toppers. We’ve allowed relevancy, tolerance, and skinny-jean pastors to serve mocha lattes each and every Sunday.  By the way, it’s not the mocha pastors who are at fault.  It is ours.  We have demanded a new generation of pastors that make us feel good with no bitter taste of conviction. Coffee-creamer Christians have waited in line demanding the cashier serve our special order of cheap grace with a hint of Jesus.

We have not learned how to self feed on the real Word of God. Let me rephrase that… I have not learned to self feed. I have been guilty of leaving my Bible on the shelf in between Sundays and only relying on the fun verses. I have a feeling if Christians went on a whip cream/feel good diet, we’d find a whole new world of who Jesus is, that we have yet to uncover.  We have an idea of who he is, because Google tells us. But in my time in the book of Jeremiah, I’ve found a whole new idea of God’s holiness, anger, and his unfailing love for His people.

The time has come to stop worrying about the cool skinny-jean pastors, topped with a latte and whipped cream, and get SERIOUS. Our world is falling apart.  We’ve now entered a new time where in order to be a Christ follower, it will mean persecution. You’ve seen it unfold on your Facebook feed.  We MUST abandon the coffee shop theology being served, and grab the Word of God to prepare.
Most have no idea what to do when faced with new anti-God laws being passed. Do we comply? Do we compromise? Do we hide?
Yes, we give to Caesar what is Caesars’…. but when morality and values cross Caesar… we defy the law and obey GOD. Christians….you had better prepare to make a decision BEFORE it happens. The church slept through the opportunity to change the law. (Yes, we could have) Now  we don’t have a choice.

Obey the law….or obey your God. Most are not ready for persecution. Most freak out when simply called a bigot.

Blow the dust off your scripture and open it. However, don’t just look for your favorite feel good verses.  Example : don’t just turn to Jeremiah 29:11 and say Praise Jesus… Read ALL of Jeremiah and find out what was behind that verse, and what happened prior to it. YOUR FAITH WILL BE CHALLENGED. 

YOU will be changed, and see our Holy God a completely different way. You will be prepared for persecution.

By the way, do you know II Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus WILL be persecuted.”

If we live a godly life… we WILL be persecuted.

The coffee shop church has been living on the whipped cream and nutmeg. It’s time to dig deeper and know how to live in this new world where it could cost you your life.

 

 

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