Church Essentials: An Agreement To Build On

Let's be honest. We often have drastically different visions of what the gathering of believers should look like, but I thought most of us might agree on one simple item: Coffee makes the get-together better.

Of course the frozen chozen came together for centuries without the nearly-sacred brew. But planet earth also went on for a few thousand years without the Holy Spirit among the general population of God's people. And as far as I can tell, most everyone but Southern Baptists are happy with the post-pentecost arrangement. I concede that the extra-blessed bean isn't even close to the life-giving, insight-offering, God-living-in-us, but let's not throw out something great just because it isn't the absolute best.

But there are issues to work through.

Elevating this ichor to a subpoint of the Nicene Creed will spark all sorts of new debates, such as:

-Can people who don't like coffee be saved?

-Which coffee origin and roast would Jesus prefer?

-Can the church accept people who drink Starbucks (Though I'm working through it, I could not do so in good conscience)?

-Why does a loving God really allow coffee to burn in a Starbucks roaster for nearly eternity at unthinkable temperatures?

-How do we best love people who drink Folgers without enabling them? (Should we set focus on working through heart issues before asking them to give up the coffee itself)

I realize I've opened a can of worms, but some things are worth fighting for.

May He guide you through the wilderness May He protect you through the storm May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders (and coffee) He has shown you