So I am hearing a lot about the CEO of Starbucks and his most recent statement about shareholders who oppose gay marriage. According to what I have read, the CEO has stated that such shareholders should invest elsewhere if they feel unable to agree with their position as a company. Now what alarms me about some of the responses I have read is that many Christians have posted or tweeted about boycotting Starbucks because of this issue.
As I reflected on this it saddened me that people were so upset by this, and that again its homosexuality that draws the medias attention towards Christians. I began thinking why are Christians not boycotting companies who exploit people, why do a lot of Christians take action about their shiny diamond rings. Or what about the chocolate we eat or the clothes we wear…why dont Christians care enough to stand up for these issues…? Why is it homosexual marriage that is the thing that Christians get known for standing against.
And why is this so offensive? In a secular society, who does not share the same convictions or beliefs…why should it matter? Does it really change that much about society? It’s already secular!
Supporting diversity as the CEO puts it, should be something we stand for. In diversity we see the image of God, in relationships, in love we find God. Hostility and anger pushes God out, and pushes people further away from experiencing the welcome of God. Maintaining equality whilst it may mean protecting people despite our differences, is an opportunity to communicate that human equality is more important than our differences.When we support human rights and equality we support the dignity and worth of every human life made in the image of God.
I am not proposing we all agree or anything at all like that but rather that we show love in spite of our differences. So what I am really putting forward is the question why don’t we stand for issues of human rights and defend the dignity and worth of every human life.
And if chucking Starbucks or anything else for that matter only ever is a result of a particular homophobic hobby horse campaign then that is sad. There are many other reasons why Christians ought to take stands to defend a deeply biblical principal of justice, and protecting the poor and the oppressed.
Here is a review from my gig at the Olympic Park.
Northern Irishman Adam Baker and his band set the tone to ‘cinematic’ when they took to the stage. As his folky magic was cast from the Bandstand, we couldn’t help but look around at all the organic loveliness around us- the gently running stream, the wild flowers, the birds and bees completely sodden by our summer’s relentless rainfall- and feel like we were watching a beautifully directed scene from a Hollywood blockbuster. It’d definitely feature some crazy kids in love falling into each other’s arms before rolling around in a meadow together. Hopefully they’re not hayfever sufferers. Even if they were Adam’s voice would soon soothe the pain away. Driven by his faith and vocally complimented by female harmonies and touches of violin, his was a performance of pure passion for his craft.
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I was just updating my website with some gig details and noticed there are not many more Hope Tour gigs. As i noticed this i was thinking back on some of the gigs of the tour and wanted to share some thoughts.
When I first planned to have this tour I was aiming for lots of gigs across the UK. Unfortunately I didn’t get the sort of response I was hoping. Nor did my manager. Despite wanting a few more gigs I do feel that the tour up to now has gone very well. Each event has been different in some way. It has been really fun and enjoyable, and I have connected with people in amazing ways. At one of the gigs in Aberdeen there was a moment during one song that had many people gripped, I could feel it. The music, the songs in that moment transcended what could have been spoken and connected with some people on a deeper level. At another event we shared about our trip to Senegal, I sang a bit (less than I intended as I had the common cold) and all in the comfort of a living room. We had 40 people there. As we shared it was obvious to us the stories we shared really moved people.