Jesus, Race, and Saint Starbucks

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Starbuck Jesus

Every once in a while our crazy, carnal culture opens a spiritual door so freaking wide that even we slight-sighted, tongue-tied, thick-as-a-brick, bumbling believers can walk through without tripping on our well-tended timidity.

This week Starbucks began encouraging its baristas to write the words “Race Together” on cups to get its customers talking about race. CEO Howard Schultz wants his baristas to prod customers into conversations about race relations. Some might find this corporate cue an unwelcome intrusion into their sacred Starbuckian space, but I think it’s one of the most remarkable, culture-sanctioned, public invitations to share the Gospel of Jesus that we’ve seen in a long time.

And I don’t mean a chance to launch a doctrinal diatribe of mass destruction at some poor barista and nearby customers. For once we don’t have to go against the flow. This time we can simply surf the latest progressive wave.

Most nonreligious people don’t realize (and many Christians forget) that Christianity has been, and remains, the most powerful force for…

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