As much as it a pains me to give this guy any more exposure, sometimes you need to in order to expose something.
First, you need to watch the latest video from Joshua Feuerstein to understand what I'm talking about here:
I do this not to further his “cause” or “movement” but rather to counteract it. Mainly with something more practical, but hopefully also with more common sense too.
It's things like this that give Christianity a bad name. I mean really, is this really what Christians should be worried about? Why not do something more useful like feed the homeless and start a movement that'll actually benefit society AND do something Jesus actually commanded and cared about?
Feeding the hungry, helping those in need, comforting the lonely, healing the sick… you know, the things that God and the Bible speak a lot about and places a high level of importance on as ways of living out your faith in a way that pleases God. Getting all offended and upset over coffee cups just seems to be missing the point really. This whole thing is just ridiculous at the end of the day.
I suggest starting a better movement. A movement of people who practically live out and demonstrate their faith by caring and aiding those less fortunate; a movement that if done consistently by everyone who follows Jesus (and not just leaving it to the charities and organisations to deal with) then it could very well make a change and difference in our societies.
I won't suggest a hashtag though because part of living out like this is to also bring humility and make one more humble – not boastful or full of pride on social media by declaring every good deed you do with a slogan for all to see.
Do good, but do it because the love of Christ compels you. Don't do it with the motive and purpose of being seen in order to attract praise. This is not the way of Christ.
There's no need to hashtag your life and good deeds if you're doing things with the right motives, since what you do privately, God will see and know and reward you for that (Matt 6:3-4). There's also no need to start campaigns against non issues in the name of Jesus, either.
Do things right, and do things that Jesus actually cared about and wanted to be challenged and changed within society!
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves … Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
1 John 3:17-18
How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
- Good deeds and motives:
- Matthew 5:16
- 1 Peter 2:12
- Matthew 6:1-4
- Matthew 23:3,5
- Feeding the hungry, helping the poor etc:
- Proverbs 19:17
- Isaiah 58:10
- James 2:14-18
- Proverbs 28:27
- Proverbs 14:31
- Matthew 25:37-40
- Galatians 6:2
- Deuteronomy 15:7
- Leviticus 19:10-11
- Luke 3:11