The Easy Road (or What do You get when You Cross Starbucks with Saddleback)

“Enter through the narow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Jesus (Matthew 7:13-14)

 

Starbucks to put God quote on cups

 

Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 07:46 JST
NEW YORK — U.S. coffee giant Starbucks will put religious quotes from Rev Rick Warren, author of the mega-selling “The Purpose-Driven Life,” on its cups from next spring, USA Today reported Wednesday.

The paper said the quotes are part of the “Way I See It” campaign which includes 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.

The cups will carry a disclaimer that the opinions “do not necessarily reflect the views of Starbucks.” (Wire reports)

 

from Japan Today

What I’m finding is that Jesus is right. As I struggle with prayer and the inner life, I find that it is difficult. The road that I know leads to life is narrow. I want it to be easy, yet, it is not. The easy roads that I have tried taking have always left me wanting in the end. When I do walk the road that Jesus calls me to walk, I find it is difficult and, at times, even lonely.

What surprises me is why it is difficult. It is difficult because I have to continually deny myself. In order to find, in Madame Guyon’s words, Union with God, I must first allow myself to become less and less. Sometimes I feel like the Incredible Shrinking Man who found himself becoming smaller and smaller. Yet, as he became more ‘insignificant’ in the scheme of things, he found acceptance and discovered his true existance within the universe (or something like that). What I find is that acceptance is difficult when your agenda and will is called to shrink.

While in one way I celebrate that Starbuck’s is going to start putting quotes on their cups that I can applaud, I fear those quotes, the quotes that point toward life, will be put on equal footing with all the other quotes. They will become just another option for our culture. We will be the one’s in control and instead of our agenda’s falling away, they just become stronger.

We will find people combining those quotes with other quotes and create a new religion, not based on Jesus, but rather based on our own agendas. Instead of allowing Jesus’ words to be our Master, we will be masters over his words; accepting some, rejecting others, adding what He says to what others say until we discover our own personal spirituality. The question becomes, which road are we on?