Are Starbucks Drinkers ‘Anti-Christians’?

“Starbucks is pouring all this money into destroying traditional marriage… If you know that when buying a cup… five, 10, 15 cents is going to be used to defeat marriage, can you do that? The answer is ‘no.'”

This is the rhetoric of David Burton, a conservative activist and a former evangelical pastor out of Texas, according to this post.

I understand this former evangelical pastor concerns and his zeal to protect traditional marriage, a man and a woman in holy matrimony, but why stop at Starbucks?  Why not go after all non-Christian entities?

In fact, why not create a Christian utopia out in Texas?  It’s big enough!

(See blogger Lon Hetrick 7 Reasons Christians Should Not Boycott Starbucks)

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11 Responses to Are Starbucks Drinkers ‘Anti-Christians’?

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    I’m going to need a grande latte to think this one through.

    • TC says:

      Lon, your post is a great liberating post on the matter!

      • Colin says:

        Agreed. Thoughtful, measured, focused on Jesus. And it is easy to see how we can measure other potential scenarios against the yardsticks you set out. And there are not a few of them in the UK.

  2. Jim Killion says:

    1 John 2:5-6: but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

    I can’t find where we’ve been called to boycott. Goodness knows that there were plenty of things to be boycotted under the Roman empire, yet we don’t see that example in scripture.

    Good post TC.

    Soli Deo Gloria

    • TC says:

      Jim, it’s a ridiculous proposition, and a result of confusing moralism with the truly Christian way of love, as you rightly point to. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Jon Hughes says:

    There’s a rival chain to Starbucks here in the U.K. called Caffe Nero. The coffee is stronger and better than Starbucks, but what are Christians supposed to do about the name??

  4. TC says:

    Colin, I’m reminded of those run-ins Jesus had with the religious leaders of his day for eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners, you know?

    Jon, really?! Well, we’re good at rationalizing, you know.

    • Colin says:


      Not sure of Cafe Nero has committed itself in the sort of way Starbucks seem to have done – including not being sure if the are nice enough to pay corporate taxes where their revenue and hence profit is earned!! Do you know anything here Jon? However if it comes to the worst I will not be setting fire to them, or feeding their managers to the lions in Whipsnade zoo.

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