Decaffeinated Christianity

In an effort to keep you entertained and encouraged, even though I’m too pressed for time to press a shirt or French press some coffee, here’s a re-run…a repeat…a re-heated cup of truth. (Oh, and don’t forget to check out ProverbialThought.com)


Like vs. Love

I like coffee, but I wouldn’t say I love it. My wife and kids, on the other hand, are worth dying for. I love them. I only like coffee. I’m not going to jump in front of a moving train to save an espresso.

But there are times when I like coffee more than I like my wife. Every once in a while I want a cup of coffee more than a kiss or a hug. I still love my wife, but she won’t fit into the French press.

Now, it must be said that I also like tea. Thanks to the influence of certain English folk, my tea consumption has increased a thousand fold! Yet, tea is not coffee. Sometimes I want coffee more than tea. Sometimes tea needs to leaf me alone. There’s a big difference between loose-leaf anything and some medium roast Jamaican Blue Mountain. That’s real coffee, and I really like it.

What is Real?

But wait! That raises a question. What is real coffee? What is the difference between freshly brewed coffee and let’s say, uh, freeze-dried instant? Both are real, aren’t they?

Fake coffee. Whoever still drinks that stuff on purpose should be psychologically evaluated. Coffee is only coffee if it comes about as the result of gently ground coffee beans being caressed by steaming hot water. Chicory is of the Devil.

Instant coffee. It comes packaged in a jar, but itΒ is made from real coffee. It may not taste as good as fresh-brewed, but it’s real, nevertheless. The worst instant coffee is still better than dandelion tea, believe me.

Nasty coffee. Even the stuff you find in a gas station, an army mess tent, or a crazy relative’s thermos is still coffee. Coffee is coffee, even if it tastes like road tar.

“Unleaded.” What I don’t understand is decaffeinated coffee. Sure, it tastes the same to most people, but why would anyone want it? Without the caffeine coffee is…well…it’s just not coffee. It has the look and taste, but no umph, no kick, no power.

Powerless

Decaffeinated Christianity is the same way. It looks like the real thing. It smells like the real thing. ItΒ tastes like the real thing. For crying out loud, it even outsells full-strength, real Christianity 10 to 1! People love it! They wear t-shirts promoting their favorite brand. Yet, decaffeinated Christianity is no better than decaffeinated coffee without the Power.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT

What are you drinking?

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19 responses to “Decaffeinated Christianity

  1. Love this, I’m just off to make my own cuppa, and I also just wrote a blog post about coffee πŸ˜€ So are you saying caffeine makes you godly? (You know I am joking, looking forward to seeing the T-shirt slogan you’re working on about caffeine and the Holy Spirit!)

  2. Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:

    I don’t care for either my Christianity or my coffee decaffeineted
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    Blessings and enjoy!

  3. You actually had me laughing, I knew God had a sense of humour

  4. The thing is, Anthony, how on earth do you discern which is the real deal?
    With nigh on 40,000 brands available and each one declaring they are the ”best coffee in town” , and the … ”only one to die for (sic)” you are going to get swamped.
    The sooner you kick the ”coffee’ habit the better – trust me!

  5. What am I drinking?

    Beer, dude, beer. It’s a good Lutheran beverage πŸ˜€

  6. I am in love with this post! This is awesome. I like coffee but certainly love my husband more. And I understand, some mornings I need coffee more than a hug or kiss. LOL. Love your work! Keep it coming! Definite follower! β™₯

  7. Anthony, you have touched upon a subject that has been the causation of my angst for decades now. I was raised a Catholic, but my best friend was an Episcopal, another buddy was a Baptist, and my high school was right around the corner from Sweet Daddy Grace’s Holy Roller Church. And, I dated a lovely blond Jewish girl. I attended services at all but the synagogue, and when it leaked out to my parents, I was told that I would burn in He’ll for eternity if I did not confess my evil ways.
    Now five decades later, I am just as much confused as I was then, if not more so. I traveled the Far East extensively, and had many opportunities to visit Buddhist Temples, and other Asian religions. Also, on long drives into the Chinese countryside, I was able to ask my Asian friends so much about their beliefs. All of this just added to the clutter in my already overloaded mind, regarding which is the “True” religion, or at the very least which one will bring me inner peace and closeness to God.
    Most evangelical preachers leave me with a feeling that they are washed-up country singers, just looking to get your donations, so they can buy another $2000 suit, and a Mercedes six series for their wives.
    I LOVE the metaphor with the coffee, your humor and commentary are very refreshing! Keep up the Good work.

    • Wow. I trust you will understand when I say “that was a lot to process in one comment!” Well, I am truly sorry for all the “angst” you’ve experienced, but at least I’m not a $2,000 suit-wearing, Mercedes-buying evangelical; I’m just a simple, grace-receiving, forgiven, moderately-literate, country preacher with a button missing on the only suit coat that still fits. If full disclosure be desired, I make a grand total of $150 a week as a pastor and drive a school bus to earn whatever else I make. So, believe me, I’m not out to steal any widow’s bank account.

      You know, there are those who would like to go round and round about the whole religion thing, and I’m not about that. I’m not going to debate ad nauseam about the plethora of minor differences between Christian denominations. I’m not even willing to argue over all the differences/similarities between Christianity and other faiths. But what I will say is that Jesus is the answer to the questions you have, all cliche’s aside. That’s what I believe and Whom I believe in. I’ve staked my eternity in Him.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and I will pray (really, I will) that Peace will replace your angst, and truth of John 14:6 will guide you to the right path.

      And thanks for the compliment πŸ™‚

      • Thank you Anthony, for taking the time respond so quickly, and I can tell ( being an excellent judge of character if I may say so) that you are a solid, we’ll grounded person, in life and in religion. I will accept your gift of prayer with deep gratitude, and humble thanks.

  8. Really impressive. Quite true. Will follow.

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