Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Purpose Driven Coffee?

From the Pastor's Weekly Briefing:

"Coffee giant Starbucks, under fire from Christian customers for printing a pro-gay message on some of its cups, is giving equal time to God. The chain announced this week that it will include a quote from Rick Warren, best-selling author of The Purpose-Driven Life, as part of its 2006 "The Way I See It" campaign.

Starbucks is printing 63 quotes from writers, scientists, musicians, athletes, politicians and cultural critics on cups for company-run and licensed locations to carry on the coffeehouse tradition of conversation and debate. Warren's, however, will be the first words to so boldly mention God — some mention "faith in the human spirit."

When Warren learned the company was taking customer requests for the 2006 campaign, he sent in his work. As a result, the new cup will read:

"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."

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