Response to Starbucks Controversy


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The Truth of the Cross

by R.C. Sproul

Category: Soteriology

Reformation Trust Publishing, 2007






Many of you are probably well aware of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz taking his personal support of gay marriage and having it represent the entire conglomerate company that is Starbucks, even going so far as implying the message that if one “supports traditional marriage, then we [Starbucks] don’t want your business.” This is an incredibly bold, if not intolerant, message towards people who abide by the stance of honoring a human institution that has existed since the beginning of time and was ordained by the Lord God Himself in Genesis 5:2, and has only now in the past century gone awry because of the liberalism that has permeated Western civilization. 

I’m not going to rehash arguments about whether homosexual acts is a sin or not. Romans 1:26-27, 1 Cor 6:9-10, and Leviticus 18:22 already makes that clear. The real question here is whether or not boycotting Starbucks is the right thing to do for those who are convicted of God’s law concerning relationships and marriages. The boycott group is called Dump Starbucks:, a cause that may catch on like wildfire worldwide during the course of the year. Starbucks must remember that this is not just a homosexuals vs. Christian thing. Starbucks invades every city on the planet, and there are countless countries, such as Muslim nations and communist countries like China and Russia, who are vehemently against same-sex marriage, and they probably will not have the same patience in dealing with the situation that Christians would (since Christ commands us to love even our enemies and persecutors, which includes people struggling with homosexuality). 

I signed on for the pledge, and I encourage anyone with similar convictions to not be afraid of peer-pressure by the liberal world and sign on as well. The more money you pour into Starbucks products, the more you will fund the success and power of this company, especially if its dominant priority is to encourage practice and acceptance of something that the Lord forbids throughout the Old and New Testament.

The truth is that we were all born with a sin nature: some “born” to inescapable hatred, some “born” to lusting for family members, children, or multiple women, some “born” to covetousness and jealousy. There is no such thing in God’s eyes as “equality” to perpetrate sins. If God truly gave us all justice, then we should have no “right” to marry at all. We should all technically be in hell right now, including all heterosexuals who commit abominable acts such as adultery, fornication, lies, theft, etc. 

However, that is why the gospel is for all humanity, regardless of background. Jesus Christ, the God-Man, died on the cross as our substitute, taking our death sentence that we deserved upon Himself. All sins were nailed onto Christ: all heterosexual and homosexual sins, lying, idolatry, murder, swindling, covetousness, etc. In turn, Jesus’ perfect life (His righteousness) can be imputed to our account in return as a gift if we trust in Jesus Christ alone as our Lord and Savior. If we plead guilty to our sins, repent, and take a legal pardon based on the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross, then we will be acquitted of our sins, pronounced innocent, and have eternal life with God in heaven. Upon repentance and faith which leads to justification, we will be given a new life and a new heart which God the Holy Spirit will empower so we can be able to lead a holy life before God. That is the only way both heterosexuals and homosexuals can be cleansed and changed before God: is through the regeneration which God applies to a sinner’s heart when he is saved after trusting in Christ as Lord and Savior.

As much as I encourage you to join the Dump Starbucks movement, I don’t encourage total disassociation with the people of Starbucks. They still need to be contacted in love so that they can be evangelized and led to saving faith in Christ. Whether this means working there, sitting in stores for evangelism conversations, or other approaches, Starbucks still needs a shining testimony from Christians who can reach out to them with the truth of the cross, but at the same time hold firm to biblical convictions and support truth versus sin and error. 

May the Lord guide you in this witnessing endeavor.