Sunday, June 7, 2009

The First Church of the Starbucks

Somethings are so strange to me that I can hardly believe they are happening. Today I saw one of those things. Our local televangelist church now has a resident Starbucks. No, I did not make this up. They have a sign up in front of the church. This church advertises something for everyone and now, they are true to their word. Of course, as a Mormon who doesn't drink coffee for religious reasons, I probably am still excluded from their definition of everyone, but this is certainly something to think about. What other tie-ins are there in the future? Are any major merchandising chains in wings ready to merge their operations with the church? What about Sears, Walmart, perhaps going to the Mall on Sunday will take on a new meaning when the either the churches own the Malls or the other way around.

In going onto the church's Website, (and no I am not going to give them a link) I find that a coffee shop is only one of the many merchandising products carried by the church. Here is a list from their store:

Product Categories
Gift Certificates
Activities, Fundraisers, Event
Books: Health & Healing
Business & Finance
Christian Living
Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories
Marriage & Family
Health & Fitness
Political Science & History
Reference Material
Self Improvement
Coffee House

It is interesting to me that along with the store and the Starbucks, they Church does have a tab to "Discover Christ." Well, it is comforting to know that religion is still on the agenda.

There are probably a lot pertinent scriptures at this point, but I will leave with one from Isaiah 2:8 "Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made..."

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